Jul
18
2014

Surplus Equipment Sale – August 02 – Paterson Fire Station

Honda gen 1gallery08Benton County Fire District 6 will be conducting a surplus equipment sale on Saturday, August 02nd at the Paterson Fire Station. Equipment will be sold “As Is” and all sales are final. The equipment will be available for view and bidding between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Bid awards will begin at 2:00 pm. Successful bidders do not need to be present at bid opening, however, all items must be paid for and picked up within 7 days. Click on the following link to see a list of equipment for sale: Advertise 2014 Surplus Sale

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Jun
09
2014

Notice of Meeting Cancelation June 09, 2014

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Board of Commissioners for Benton County Fire District 6 has cancelled its regular session for Monday – June 09, 2014 at 7:00 pm. If the meeting is rescheduled it will be posted with at least 24 hour notice.

Questions: contact Chief Watt (509)875-2029 or chiefwatt@bcfd6.com

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May
02
2014

NOTICE OF MEETING CHANGE

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Board of Commissioners for Benton County Fire District 6 will meet in regular session on Monday – May 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm. This meeting will replace the previously scheduled meeting for Monday May 12th. The meeting will be held at the Benton County Fire District 6 headquarters station located at: 48001 Prior Ave Paterson, WA 99345.
Questions: contact Chief Watt (509)875-2029 or chiefwatt@bcfd6.com

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Mar
22
2014

WA State Auditor Fraud Report

After almost two years of investigation, we are disappointed to report that our worst concerns have been confirmed with the recently released results of the Washington State Auditors Fraud Investigation. During the investigation, the State Auditor looked at our records from 2008 to 2012, reviewed all of our bank transactions, reviewed expenditures by all personnel, and looked at our accounting practices. Through all of the investigation, the findings boil down to the inappropriate expenditures of one individual and needed improvement to our accounting practices.
Once the misappropriations were first suspected, the Commissioners immediately started an aggressive overhaul of our accounting practices. With the help from the State Auditor’s Office, Legal Counsel, Fire Chief, and a new District Clerk the Commissioners started changing the way our records were stored, the way District funds are accessed, and installed new accounting software that is compliant with State law. Long before the Auditors report was released, BCFD6 had already mitigated the deficiencies that had contributed to the misappropriated expenditures.
It is never easy to request an investigation of your own agency. We knew that bad results would tarnish our fire district’s name and erode the trust of our community. Regardless, the Commissioners and Chief’s firm resolve to ensure that the public funds are received and used for their intended purpose mandated that we request the audit and investigation. We strive to prove to our citizens they can trust us in everything we do.
We will continue to improve our records management and accounting. It is our hope that eventually, as an organization, we will regain the trust and approval of our citizens that we value so much.
The next step for BCFD6 is to work closely with the District Attorney and law enforcement to ensure that the misappropriated funds and associated costs are recouped for the District and that those funds are used, as intended, to protect the citizens of BCFD6.

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Jan
24
2014

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT SUNHEAVEN STATION 640

station_6401BCFD6 needs your help. Currently, at the Sunheaven station, there is only one volunteer that lives within the response area. In the event of an emergency, responders will be coming from Paterson and Plymouth. BCFD6 has taken steps to improve coverage by signing an automatic aid agreement with Benton County Fire District 5 for primarily car wrecks and wildland fires. The medical and structure fire response must still come from Paterson or Plymouth which can take as long as 15 or 20 minutes during good weather and even longer with ice or snow.

Every few years, and when deemed necessary, the Insurance Services Office (ISO) will review the fire protection abilities in a given area. Your fire insurance rate depends on this rating and BCFD6 is due for a review. Several factors are considered when determining the rating; distance to a fire station, water supply for fire suppression, fire equipment available and firefighting force. An area can have a fire station with the best equipment and a fire hydrant on every corner, but without adequate responders ISO will consider the area “unprotected”. If this happens, fire insurance rates will go through the roof! This re-evaluation is not a matter of “if” we get reviewed, but “when”. Regardless if you have renters insurance or home owner insurance this will affect everyone. Once we’ve lost our ISO rating, it is extremely hard to get it back.

If you live in the Sunheaven area, please consider volunteering. We need the residents and corporations in this area to support our volunteer response. Help protect your family and your livelihood. Become a volunteer today. Download an application and stop by the station in Paterson to talk with the Chief.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT

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