YFD News

Emergency Notification System Available for the Yakima Area

A free service
is available to Yakima area residents that provides emergency alerts via voice
or text communications.

Offered
by Everbridge, the service is the emergency notification system for Yakima
Valley Emergency Management.

Sign
up for the emergency alert system at www.yakimacounty.us/AlertYakima

Information
is also available at www.co.yakima.wa.us/oem

“It
only takes a couple of minutes to sign up and is very simple,” said Yakima Fire
Chief Aaron Markham. » Read more

YFD Responds to Fire on South 8th Street

Thanks to alert action
by a child, a family of four was able to safely escape a house fire early this
morning, Tuesday, January 14th in the 900 block of South 8th
Street.

At 4:10 am
today, Tuesday, Yakima Fire Department (YFD) crews were called to the home,
where a family with two children had already escaped after one of the children woke
up and alerted everyone to the fire. » Read more

YFD Offers Holiday Fire Safety Reminders

The holiday
season is here with lights and festive decorations.

The Yakima Fire
Department (YFD) is asking residents to keep a few safety suggestions in mind
now to help them avoid costly and possibly life-threatening fire hazards.

“The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve,” said Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. » Read more

A Message from the Chief

It is my honor to serve the nearly 100,000 residents and visitors of the City of Yakima as their Fire Chief. I am proud to lead the men and women of the Yakima Fire Department who have pledged to risk their safety for your well-being.

Our department’s mission is:

We will provide all-risk emergency and non-emergency services to our community.

We are committed to serving with courage and compassion as stewards of the public trust.

We shall leave a positive and genuine impact on all who call upon us.

I am committed to using my over 27 years of fire service experience, my bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University, and the knowledge gained from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in Emittsburg , Maryland in the ongoing development of our department. I plan to not only meet, but to exceed, the expectations of the people of Yakima.

Thank you for visiting our website and we would love to meet you in person, so stop by your local fire station. If you have questions, would like to tour the station, or just want to say hello our doors are always open if we’re not currently out on a call.

Sincerely,

Aaron Markham

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