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EMS Levy Proposal

EMS accounts for 54% of all our emergency calls.

Call volumes continue to increase steadily for our fire district. We finished 2017 with 1,417 emergency calls – a 9.25 percent increase over the year before. In 2017, 54 percent of these calls are for medical emergencies. Currently, 90% of all our EMS calls require patient transportation to area hospitals for treatment.


The issue is that we do not own any ambulances, nor can we fund those purchases out of existing revenue. We rely on neighboring fire agencies to transport patients. This is considered “mutual aid” and may take longer to reach you in an emergency. It also impacts the resources our mutual aid partners have to serve their communities. We want to provide better service for people in our fire district, and be a good partner to the other agencies around us.


A local EMS program will reduce ambulance response times and improve patient care.


Our fire district is considering asking voters to approve a levy for Emergency Medical Service. The rate is capped at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value (or $100 per year/ $8.33 per month for a $200,000 home). If approved by voters, funding would be used to purchase, outfit and staff two ambulances to respond to medical calls. This would reduce response times by as much as seven minutes when a patient needs immediate care.




The Board will vote whether to place an EMS levy on the ballot at the April 17 meeting. We hope you will join us at one of the three upcoming meeting to ask questions, or just learn more about this important issue. Fire Chief Lonnie Click is available to answer questions or take input at or (509) 737-0911.  


Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Rancho Reata, Station 140, 7704 South Bermuda Road, Kennewick 99338


Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Finley, Station 120, 30004 S. Finley Road, Kennewick 99337


Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m.

Fire District Headquarters, 7511 West Arrowhead Avenue, Kennewick 99336



Tri-City Herald - March 20, 2018

Fire Commissioners to consider EMS levy for Benton County Fire District #1 

Tri-City Herald - January 30, 2018


Letter: Fire district seeks input on EMS levy


Tri-City Herald - December 4, 2017

There are holes in area’s ambulance coverage; Benton fire district wants to fix that



Tri-City Herald - October 7, 2017

Letter: Up to voters to support Benton County Fire District 1


Letter: Up to voters to support Benton County Fire District 1


KEPR TV - June 11, 2017


Benton County Fire District #1 looks to reduce response times through levy


Tri-City Herald - March 5, 2017


Benton County Fire District 1 plans for the future


KEPR TV - February 23, 2017


Fire departments take action to fight increases in emergency calls


KNDU TV- February 22, 2017


Benton 1 plans for the future of emergency services





Benton County Fire District #1 to start slip, trip and fall prevention program - February 16, 2018

Benton One: Improving Communication with Taxpayers - November 13, 2017

Benton One: Sharing Resources saves money and improves efficiencies for tax payers - September 5, 2017

Grants, partnerships and volunteers make tax dollars stretch further - July 14, 2017

Fire chief says that ambulance response times need to improve - June 8, 2017 

Benton 1 plans for the future of emergency services delivery - February 22, 2017

Fire Commissioners to consider EMS levy for Benton County Fire District #1 - March 13, 2018 




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