Fire Department2022-03-26T00:39:20+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.

Charles DamronFire Chief
Fire Chief Charles Damron started his career in the fire service in 1995 with the City of Grandview as a career Firefighter/EMT. The Chief has had the pleasure of working for the Grandview, Toppenish and Prosser Fire District #3 Fire Departments and has also been a Volunteer Firefighter with Yakima County Fire District #5. Fire Chief Damron chose The WBFR Fire Department because it has incredible potential and he wanted to be a part of the team at the WBFR Fire Department that will utilize that potential to provide the highest levels of services to the community it serves and the City of Prosser citizens. Fire Chief Damron has a solid vision for the department and for all the Firefighting team members under his guidance. The Chief wants to do whatever he can to help his team members succeed and be the best they can be, so that collectively together, The West Benton Fire Rescue Team Members will undoubtedly provide second to none services to and for The City of Prosser and all the citizens in its community.
Brandon Bowden 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.
Josh PetroffCaptain
Erubiel ClaraCaptain

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
Roy Haringa
Roy Haringa Company B Lieutenant
Joe Castillo
Joe Castillo Company C Lieutenant
Lionel Martinez
Lionel MartinezCompany D Lieutenant

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

Philip Chong
Philip ChongFirefighter

Company B

Sidney Ayala
Sidney AyalaFirefighter
Zach Durbin
Zach DurbinFirefighter
Daryl Rutherford
Daryl RutherfordFirefighter

Company C

Ryan Austin
Ryan AustinFirefighter
Christy Houser
Christy HouserFirefighter

Company D

Michael Quijano
Michael QuijanoFirefighter

Resident Firefighters

Taylor Wolfe
Taylor WolfeResident Firefighter
Haden Hicks
Haden HicksResident Firefighter
Hugo Guzman Jr.
Hugo Guzman Jr.Resident Firefighter

Administrative Staff

Gayle Carrasco
Gayle CarrascoAdministrator

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.