BCES public Documents

Benton County Emergency Services (BCES) is governed by the BCES Executive Board. This Board consists of representatives from Benton and Franklin Counties, the cities of Kennewick, Richland, Pasco, West Richland, Prosser, Benton City, Benton County Fire Protection Districts 1, 2, and 4, and the Public Utility District #1 of Benton County (Benton PUD).

For Public Records Requests

Benton County Emergency Services (BCES) is split between SECOMM AND BCEM. Both of which maintain electronic, paper, and audio records, in compliance with the RCW 42.56 Public Records Act, as it relates to disclosure of public records. All records obtained in the course of SECOMM or BCEM business, are the property of SECOMM or BCEM, respectively.

Requests for information from the public must be made through the City of Richland Clerk's Office during normal business hours, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, M-F, except for holidays observed by the City of Richland. The City of Richland is the administrating jurisdiction for SECOMM and BCEM.

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In accordance with RCW 42.56.580, the Public Records Officer for SECOMM is the City of Richland's Clerk Office. Please contact the office at +1(509)942-7388 or you can get the 9-1-1 Public Records request form by clicking here.

The general public may request printed copies of Background Event Chronology (CAD) and copies of audio recordings, such as 9-1-1 calls, non-emergency police and fire/EMS calls, as well as recorded radio communications involving police and fire/EMS. Audio records are retained for 270 days and CAD records are retained for three years.

A representative from the law or fire/EMS agency involved must approve a citizen's request for information. The agency will decline request(s) where the release of information would compromise an investigation, in compliance with RCW 42.56.240.

SECOMM is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for all of Benton and Franklin Counties. A PSAP is an agency responsible for answering 9-1-1 calls for emergency assistance from police, fire, and ambulance services. SECOMM provides PSAP services for the following laws and fire/EMS agencies:

  • Kennewick Police Department
  • Richland Police Department
  • Pasco Police Department
  • West Richland Police Department
  • Prosser Police Department
  • Connell Police Department
  • Airport Police
  • Benton County Sheriff's Office
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office
  • Kennewick Fire Department
  • Richland Fire Department
  • Pasco Fire Department
  • Connell Fire Department
  • Benton County Fire Protection District #1
  • Franklin County Fire Protection District #1
  • Benton County Fire Protection District #2
  • Franklin County Fire Protection District #2
  • Franklin County Fire Protection District #3
  • Benton County Fire Protection District #4
  • Franklin County Fire Protection District #4
  • Benton County Fire Protection District #5
  • Franklin County Fire Protection District #5
  • Benton County Fire Protection District #6
  • West Benton Fire and Rescue
  • Walla Walla Fire District #5
  • Columbia Basin Dive Rescue
  • Franklin County Public Hospital District #1