Benton County Fire District 4 covers 52 square miles of unincorporated areas in the county including the city of West Richland, and it's own unincorporated areas. For that reason, and fast growing needs, the District is going to be asking for a fire levy lift lid to allow them to hire more personnel.

A public meeting will be held March 19 for information and public comment. From information released by the Fire District Thursday:

 "The Board of Fire Commissioners for Benton County Fire District 4 is holding a public hearing to discuss a resolution calling for a Fire Levy lid lift to hire more emergency personnel. If approved, voters could see the measure on the August 4 Primary Election ballot. The meeting will be Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. at 2604 Bombing Range Road in West Richland (99353).

 Community members who are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to provide comment, are encouraged to contact Acting Chief Paul Carlyle. He can be reached at pcarlyle@bcfd4.org, or by mailing to the meeting address. All communication is welcome and becomes part of the public record."

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Call volumes have increased 78.3 percent for the Fire District since 2010 due to growth and an aging population that relies more on emergency services. The Fire District has a plan to meet this increase in demand for service in a way that minimizes impacts to taxpayers.