Fire Department

Fire Department 2018-08-02T19:31:28+00:00

Meet the West Benton Fire Rescue Team

Career Staff

Our career staff is responsible to run the weekday operations of the district. Our uniformed and non-uniformed staff are multifaceted individuals with extensive skill sets in community affairs, fire suppression and prevention, and emergency medical services. Our career staff works with our volunteer staff on a daily basis to provide the best possible service to the citizens of the City of Prosser and surround communities.

Seth Johnson Fire Chief
Chief Seth Johnson started his work in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter/EMT in 2001. Serving the Fire Departments of the City of Sunnyside, the City of Grandview and Yakima County Fire District #5 had prepared him for his career employment with Prosser Fire District 3 in 2009, where he was hired as a Captain. Chief Johnson has served our department as Training Captain, Operations Captain and in November of 2017, he was promoted to Fire Chief.
Todd Dormaier Operations Captain
Captain Todd Dormaier started his career in the Fire Service as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT in 2006, with West Valley Fire Department in Yakima, Wa. As he grew in the fire service, he also found a passion for Training and became very active in such with West Valley Fire. It was there that he was given the opportunity to not only to give back to the system, but also an opportunity to prepare him for his role as Training Captain when he joined West Benton Fire Rescue in April of 2015. Captain Dormaier served as WBFR’s Training Captain before transitioning to Operations Captain in November of 2017.
Brandon Bowden Training Captain
Brandon Bowden was recently offered a full-time position with West Benton Fire Rescue as the Training Captain. Brandon joined the fire service as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with BCFD #1 in 2004 in Kennewick. In 2008 he moved to Prosser to start a family and joined Prosser Fire District #3 in January of that year. Captain Bowden is excited to be serving as Training Captain for WBFR in the city he now considers home. In addition to raising his growing family he also sits on the Prosser Memorial Hospital board.

Board of Fire Commissioners

West Benton Fire Rescue is governed by a board of five Commissioners elected to serve 6 year terms. The Board develops the District’s overall strategic plan and long term vision. Working closely with the administrative staff, the Board guides the District through the adoption of policies and procedures. In addition to their work for the residents of the Prosser area, they are also actively involved in State and County associations that address issues related to the delivery of fire and emergency medical services.

Meet the Board

Company Officers

Company officers provide structure in the department and leadership on the fire ground. Although it is every member’s responsibility to ensure that the department is always ready to respond to and mitigate any incident; it is the officer’s primary responsibility to ensure departmental readiness. This is accomplished by implementing proper training, ensuring appropriate equipment is available and maintained, by making good command decisions and by providing direction at incidents.

Bill Petersen
Bill PetersenCompany A Lieutenant
Brandon Fogelson
Brandon FogelsonCompany B Lieutenant - Paramedic
Scott Friend
Scott FriendCompany C Lieutenant - EMT
Keith Johnson
Keith JohnsonCompany D Leiutenant - Paramedic

Vision

West Benton Fire Rescue strives to become an organization that:

  • is fully prepared for all emergencies
  • strives to provide resources and services that reflect the diverse needs of the community and environment
  • is always preparing for future emergency needs
  • is financially responsible, financially stable and that is enthusiastically supported by our community
  • promotes a safe, productive and healthy work environment
  • maintains a high level of legislative/management/workforce partnerships that embraces making decisions collaboratively
  • influences and embraces change
  • is committed to the professional development of its members and whose members are effective, empowered and enthusiastic about their service

Firefighters

Meet the volunteer firefighters that help keep our community safe.

Company A

Uriel Araiza
Uriel AraizaFirefighter
Philip Chong
Philip ChongFirefighter
John Estey
John EsteyFirefighter
Robert Haringa
Robert HaringaFirefighter
Roy Haringa
Roy HaringaFirefighter
Maurice Reilly
Maurice ReillyFirefighter

Company B

Sidney Ayala
Sidney AyalaFirefighter
Luke Groom
Luke GroomFirefighter
Josh Petroff
Josh PetroffProbationary Firefighter
Braydon Johnson
Braydon JohnsonProbationary Firefighter
Luis Lopez
Luis LopezFirefighter

Company C

Joe Castillo
Joe CastilloFirefighter
Lionel Martinez
Lionel MartinezFirefighter
Rachel Voegele
Rachel VoegeleFirefighter
Ryan Austin
Ryan AustinFirefighter

Company D

Eric c
Eric cFirefighter - EMT
Art Perez
Art PerezFirefighter - EMT
Michael Quijano
Michael QuijanoFirefighter
Chane Cisneros
Chane CisnerosFirefighter

Administrative Staff

Jessica Trevino
Jessica TrevinoAdministrator

The administrator position provides administration assistance, financial management, human resources and record keeping for the Fire Department. This position requires excellent organizational skills and the disposition to work well with other department members, local government representatives and the public.

The Administrator reports to the Fire Chief and the West Benton Regional Fire Authority Governance Board.