Benton County Fire District #4 hosts annual community open house

Benton County Fire District #4 hosts annual community open house

WEST RICHLAND, WASH. – Benton County Fire District #4 hosted its annual community open house Saturday.

“This is an opportunity for us to say thank you, we couldn’t save lives and property without the support of our community,” said Fire Chief Bill Whealan.

The theme for this year’s open house was, “Everything Emergency Medical Service (EMS).”

Approximately 76% of all emergency calls received by Fire District #4 are EMS-related.

Last year, voters renewed a levy that funds the fire district’s emergency medical service program.

The fire district featured some of the apparatus, equipment, programs and services that the levy funds during the event Saturday.

Free blood pressure checks, CPR and heart monitor demonstrations were offered as well at the event.

Life Flight also stopped by the station with their helicopter to share with the community and a fire safety and injury prevention demonstration activity was also made available for the kids who attended.

Firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics held station tours and shared safety apparatus, such as ambulances and fire engines.

“This is a great way to connect with the community, I wish we could do these events every weekend,” Chief Whealan said.