The City of Prosser and Benton County Fire District 3 have enjoyed a unique and successful joint Fire/EMS service relationship since the 1950s. By combining their financial, staffing, facility and fleet resources, there is significant evidence of effective and efficient operations for Prosser Fire District 3 and there is evidence that the joint operation has been able to provide a level of service to each jurisdiction that would not be possible on their own.
As with most public partnerships, there are always predictable shifts in policy, participation and proliferation of services. These shifts result in the need to re-evaluate and “re-tool” the relationship in order to keep up with the various growth and demand factors in each jurisdiction.
Such was the case with the City of Prosser and Benton County Fire District 3. West Benton Fire Rescue is the result of those changing demands and the recommendations of the Prosser Citizens Task Force.
The West Benton Regional Fire Authority, doing business as West Benton Fire Rescue, was created effective January 1, 2015. The Authority is made up of the previous Prosser Fire Protection District No. 3 and Benton County Fire Protection District No 3. West Benton Fire Rescue is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners. The Authority is based in the City of Prosser and provides fire suppression services to approximately 13,300 citizens in the city and surrounding area. The Authority employs four employees and approximately 30 volunteers. The Authority is supported by property taxes levied in its area of service.
West Benton Fire Rescue is a combination Career/Volunteer fire department. We staff 5 career positions; Fire Chief, Operations Captain, Training Captain, Resident Captain and Administrator. We strive to fill 35 volunteer firefighter positions and remain in a constant state of recruitment to do so. There are approximately 600 calls for service each year. Those calls include Fire, EMS, HazMat and Technical Rescue. We also provide public education to all parties who are interested.