Benton Fire District 4 has added a new truck to its fleet.
The department recently bought a water tender that can hold 3,000 gallons of water and pump up to 500 gallons per minute. The truck cost $240,000 and will arrive in late October.
“The recent wildland fires have shown just how important this type of apparatus is to rural areas,” Fire Chief Bill Whealan said in a news release. “It also will act as a backup water source for fire calls we respond to in West Richland.”
Whealan is hopeful the truck will help the district maintain a higher department rating with the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau.