I wanted to thank our team at Benton County Fire District #4 for their hard work over the July 4th weekend. Everyone did an exceptional job during one of the hottest, driest and most dangerous summers on record for fires.
Our fire district is a combined department, which means that we have full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters who serve our community. At one point, we had three fires within 10 minutes of each other.
Our volunteers were critical to providing the additional force we needed to mount an effective emergency response. We sincerely appreciate that they took time away from their families during the holiday weekend to be available to respond to calls.
After 33-plus years in the fire service, I believe the team we have at Benton County Fire District #4 is the best that I have ever seen. It’s a pleasure to serve with such a professional, effective and caring group of people.
William (Bill) Whealan
Fire Chief, Benton County Fire District 4