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What's Happening at Fire District #1


-Benton One: 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 & 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 


Our fire district is considering asking voters to approve a levy for Emergency Medical Service. 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 rate would be capped at 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value (or $100 per year/ $8.33 per month for a $200,000 home).

Tri-City Herald - March 20, 2018

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


KNDU - 3/9/2018

Three injured after rollover crash south of Kennewick



A previous version of the news story incorrectly stated that the proposed EMS levy would fund a slip, trip, and fall prevention program. That is a prevention effort already underway at Benton/Franklin County Health Department in cooperation with local fire agencies and is unrelated to the proposed EMS levy. EMS is needed for ambulances to transport patients who have fallen to area hospitals.

KNDU TV - February 26, 2018

Benton Co. Fire District #1 plans for levy to decrease response times



Tri-City Herald - July 26, 2017
Combine sparks fire, scorching 50 acres south of Kennewick

Tri-City Herald - July 24, 2017
If you get hurt at the hydro races, this Kennewick couple is there to help

KNDU TV - July 19, 2017
Area law enforcement agencies participate in active shooter training

KNDU TV & Tri-City Herald - July 18, 2017
Richland closes access to Bateman Island until further notice

KEPR TV - July 17, 2017
Bateman Island fire expected to burn through the night

Tri-City Herald - July 13, 2017
Manufactured home destroyed in second fire in Kennewick on Wednesday

KEPR TV - July 10, 2017
Volunteer firefighters step up in heat of the moment

KEPR TV - July 5, 2017
Richland fire truck engine starts I-82 brush fire, halts traffic

Yakima Herald - June 29, 2017
South Wenas fire 80 percent contained; officials reduce evacuation levels

Yakima Herald - June 28, 2017
Wenas fire grows to more than 2,800 acres, evacuations orders remain in place

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

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


Benton One NEWS - Spring-summer 2017

Benton One NEWS - Spring 2018

Benton One NEWS - Summer 2018