YFD News

YFD Honors EMS Professionals during National EMS Week

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is recognizing the professionals who provide emergency medical services (EMS) during National EMS Week, May 15-21.

“This is the 47th annual celebration of EMS Week, where we honor frontline heroes, dedicated to providing emergency medicine that saves so many lives every day,” said Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. “The theme of ‘Rising to the Challenge’ is particularly meaningful as it reminds us that EMS professionals are faced with so many challenges today and they still rise above them.”

The EMS Week campaign supports and strengthens the EMS community by increasing awareness of the critical role of EMS. » Read more

YFD Responds to Five Fires in Five Hours

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) crews responded to five fires – two trash and three structure fires – in a span of about five hours last weekend. The fires caused a combined $275,000 in estimated damages. No injuries were reported.

The largest was a commercial structure fire in the 1300 block of West Lincoln Avenue that caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. » Read more

YFD Responds to Fire on Chestnut Avenue

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) crews responded to a residential structure fire in the 1200 block of East Chestnut Avenue yesterday, Sunday, April 10th.

YFD was called to the scene at 2:15 pm Sunday, April 10th. First-arriving crews found the house with smoke coming from the eaves on all sides. There was heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the residence. » 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.

Feel free to further explore our website or call if you have any questions. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


Aaron Markham