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West Richland Residents Could Get New Ambulance Service

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.-- The option of getting two ambulances to serve nearly 15,000 people living in West Richland has been on the table for almost four years.

To get new ambulances West Richland fire officials are considering two different options to add to the November ballot. One consists of an EMS levy tax and the other would add a bond for an expansion.

Both of these would increase property taxes for citizens. Right now the city doesn't have any ambulances. If anyone needs one they rely on Richland or Benton City fire departments.

"I believe it would be the best way for us to provide the service for the people in the fastest way," said A.J. Hill, a Fire District 4 Commissioner.

"I don't think it's the best use of our money, I think that we can do with the paramedics and use the existing equipment that we have here," said Lou Rodgers, who has lived in West Richland for 30 years.

A few others agree with Rodgers. They say things should stay the way they are now. Fire officials say last year out of 826 calls, 600 of them were for a medical emergencies.