YFD News

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

Investigation Continues for 3rd Avenue Fire

An investigation
continues today, Monday, December 2nd, into a fire that caused $1
million in damages early Sunday morning, December 1st, in the 100 block of South 3rd Avenue.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) investigators
are today working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to determine if
video footage is available of the alley where the fire began. » Read more

YFD Offers Electrical Safety Tips

In the wake of a
fire yesterday, Sunday, that displaced a family and caused an estimated $30,000
in damages, the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is reminding residents about the
following electrical safety tips:

  • Never plug a space heater into an
    extension cord because space heaters are designed to be energized by wall
    mounted receptacles.

» 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