Recent Calls
Sun. Dec 9th 2018
Benton City, WA - At approximately 5:00 AM on Sunday, December 9th 2018 Benton County Fire Protection District 2 was dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 2200 block of W. Dusty Lane, Bent...
Mon. Jun 27th 2016
Crews work to contain the fire here at Knox and District Line in Benton City. When Fire Crews arrived the barn/garage was totally engulfed in flames. At least one vehicle was threatened.
Thu. Apr 14th 2016
Multiple agencies responding to the structure fire around 6 PM on the 1200 block of Hazel Avenue. Firefighters say when they arrived, the duplex was fully involved. It took firefighters about 40 minut...
Fri. Aug 14th 2015
High winds took down a power line and ignited a fire that jumped the Yakima River on Friday on Highway 225 north of Benton City. The power line went down at 75503 Highway 225, said Capt. Bill Reed of ...
Tue. Feb 17th 2015
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of a Tuesday fire that destroyed a vacant Benton City house. The fire started about 9:45 a.m. at 61106 106 PR NE and burned for more...
News Headlines
Sun. May 28th 2017
WEST RICHLAND, WA.-- Benton Count Fire District 4 and Benton County Fire District 2 were called to the scene of a fire near Harrington Road on Saturday night. Right now, firefighters are not aware of ...
Fri. Jan 27th 2017
Usually, it’s a call that clears the Benton Fire District 2 hall. This week it was for soccer practice.After weeks of practice being canceled because of snow and frigid cold, three teams with th...
Sun. Jul 31st 2016
Range 12 fire 90% contained, 176,600 acres of Yakima, Benton counties scorched.Firefighters gained more ground Wednesday on the Range 12 Fire burning across Yakima and Benton counties, bringing contai...
Thu. Jul 14th 2016
Fire crews say the brush fire along Chandler Ridge near Benton City scorched about 4,000 acres Thursday night. Benton County Fire District #2 says 15 districts responded to fight the fire Thursday aft...
Sat. Jul 2nd 2016
Benton County Fire District #4 says overnight, fireworks started a brush fire in the area of Belmont and W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland. Flames burned about 5 acres. Fortunately, no one was hurt a...
Resident Program

Benton County Fire Protection District #2 
Resident Firefighter Program

The primary goal of Benton County Fire Protections District 2’s Resident Firefighter Program is to promote the knowledge of basic operating principles of the fire and emergency service through day-to-day operations, hands on experience, and classroom time. Assist the district with staffing, maintaining and operating various emergency apparatus. Promote the social, intellectual, and physical welfare of members, while creating a family atmosphere with closer association among its members. Provide experience, training, and mentoring to assist Resident Firefighters with the skills and knowledge to obtain employment and succeed in a fire service career.

Upon completion of initial training Resident Firefighters are assigned to one of three shifts to gain experience. Each shift works approximately five 48- hour shifts per months. Residents Firefighters assist in medical emergencies and fire suppression services, as well as obtain training, participate in public education, conduct pre-fire plans, and station maintenance.

As a Resident Firefighter the following is expected of you.

  1. Obtain a Washington EMT-B certification within one year of employment.
  2. IFSAC  Firefighter 1 curriculum within one year of employment.
  3. Maintain Benton County Fire District number 2 residence quarters as primary physical address.
  4. Serve a 12 month evaluated probation period.
  5. Be responsible for assigned duty shifts except for illness, emergencies, prearranged absences.
  6. Attend and participate in on/off duty Wednesday night fire stills and all training events unless absence is prearranged.
  7. Respond to emergency calls both on/off duty.
  8. Participate in station tours, fire safety, and EMS education classes.
  9. Be a team member assigned to one of three 48 hour shifts.
  10. Be dependable and responsible with integrity.
  11. Work hard and strive to learn in all activities and life experiences.

There are many benefits that are given with this positions including rent free housing. Housing is located at the fire station and is shared with 8 other Resident Firefighters. Residents housing includes kitchen, laundry facilities, computer, fax, printers, cable TV, and fully equipped fitness center. Other benefits include tuition reimbursement for Fire Science or Paramedic, monthly living stipend,  reimbursement on/off duty, fire/EMS training and certifications, and generous PTO.

How to become a Resident Firefighter

  • Complete and submit application
  • Written exam
  • Physical Agility
  • Interview
  • Complete a 2 day ride along
  • Pass driving record and background check
  • Pass a medical physical and drug screen

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years old by beginning of residency
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Possesses and maintain a valid WA drivers license and be insurable by the district carrier
  • Read, write, and communicate the English language

Desirable Qualifications

  • EMT Basic or higher
  • Firefighter 1 or higher
  • NWCG Wildland FF2
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Resident Firefighter Application Click Here

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