Fire response times could increase by 10 minutes in West Richland

Fire response times could increase by 10 minutes in West Richland
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- A Benton County Firehouse is likely to get bigger -- while helping crews get to your home up to ten-minutes faster.

The project would expand the facility for Benton County Fire District Four. It would house five vehicles that are currently stored outside. Crews also expect this would lower the price of labor to maintain the units. The project is expected to cost $700,000 and it's already paid for. It just needs your feedback before work can begin.

"The ideal is to reduce the response time as much as possible to be able to get there quicker to get the fire out when it's smaller," said Benton County District Four Fire Chief William Whealan.

A meeting for the public is planned at the fire station about the project next Wednesday at six.