ServicesThe Richland Fire and Emergency Services Department provides the citizens of Richland and surrounding areas with a range of emergency services, including fire suppression, hazardous materials response, emergency medical response and technical rescue, but also provides other critical services such as fire inspections, fire investigation, fire prevention and public education.
FacilitiesThe department consists of four fire stations, which are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our administrative office is located at Station 71, at the corner of George Washington Way and Swift Blvd, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The department's mission is To Protect and Enhance the Quality of Life. Our 62-member department is dedicated to carrying out our mission each day with our vision, "Service above all," always at the forefront. We do this through our highly trained firefighting personnel, nationally recognized emergency medical responders and with a heightened focus on prevention and public education.
History - The Early Years
The Richland Fire Department was established by City Charter in 1958. However, it's official organization date with the Sate of Washington is March 25, 1959. The Department had existed prior to that date, however, it was under the control of the Federal Government, as part of the Hanford Project.
At that time, the fire department was operating out of one station, built in 1952, which is still considered the fire department's main station, Station 71, on George Washington Way and Swift Blvd. In October of 1958, the City built two new fire stations, one of which, Station 73 on the corner of Jadwin Avenue and McMurray Street is also still occupied by the fire department today.