YFD News

YFD Offers Safety Tips for Working From Home

More individuals are working from home due to COVID-19.

May is National Electrical Safety Month. It provides a good reminder regarding electrical safety, particularly around the home.

“Wherever you work, it’s always important to be safe,” said Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. “That’s especially true now with more and more people working at home.”

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) and the non-profit Electrical Safety Foundation International offer the following home office safety tips:

  • Avoid overloading outlets
  • Regularly inspect electrical cords and extension cords for damage
  • Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis
  • Never run cords under rugs/carpets,

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One Person Injured During String of Overnight Fires

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to three fires in little more than an hour overnight.

The spate of fires began at 11:28 pm Tuesday, May 5th, in the 200 block of Oak Street. The fire began in a tree and spread to the siding of a nearby 6-plex. One of the residents sustained a small second-degree burn on their arm. » Read more

YFD responds to 2nd Street Fire

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to a fire last night, Sunday, May 3rd in the 100 block of South 2nd Street.

YFD crews were called to the scene at 11:23 pm last night. Upon arrival, firefighters found a large volume of fire on the structure’s exterior. The fire had spread to the roof and attic. » 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.


Aaron Markham