Arguments For and Against
Seventeen Minutes is Too Long to Wait in an Emergency! Try sitting outside your home for 17 minutes while doing nothing! Imagine your most precious possessions in flames or loved one's life on the line, thinking, "I hope they arrive soon." Seem like a long time? Now consider your vote on Proposition 1. Benton County Fire Protection District #4 covers 52 sq. miles, including our community members in the westernmost parts of our service area. Currently, it can take almost 17 minutes for an emergency response to a desperate call for help. Since 2010, emergency call volume has increased by 63%. West Richland's population has increased almost 25%, and 30% in unincorporated areas of the district - where an emergency response can take nearly 17 minutes. Forty years ago, the community-built Fire Station 410 on Harrington Road. Twenty years later explosive growth created the need to build Station 420 on Bombing Range. And now, our continued growth and emergency calls for help create the need for a third fire station. The 20-year bond will provide funding for land (proposed location is in City limits, within a mile of the new schools), a building, and equipment necessary for timely, life-saving responses to the western portion of our community. The entire District benefits because more emergency vehicles will be available to respond, and provide back up when there are multiple emergencies, or large-scale incidents. Support this critical investment for our community: Vote YES on Proposition 1.
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Committeesof For and Against Arguments
Paul Carlyle, Chair, the friends of Fire District #4 Ed Keeney Tracy Hill