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Benton County Fire District 4 provides fire and emergency medical service (EMS) to just over 19,000 people over 52 square miles, including the City of West Richland and its immediate unincorporated areas. The Fire District is not part of – nor does it receive funding from – any city or county government. Approximately 50 volunteer and career firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics respond to an average of 1,600 calls per year. Benton County Fire District 4 operates under a balanced budget and has a long history of passing all independent state audits.