YFD News

YFD Offers Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Cooking

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) wishes all a safe and happy Thanksgiving this Thursday, November 26th.

To help ensure a safe Thanksgiving when preparing the holiday meal, Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham encourages Yakima residents to follow some basic safety tips.

“Home cooking fires happen most often on Thanksgiving Day,” said Markham. “Cooking equipment is involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries. » Read more

YFD Responds to Early Morning Structure Fires

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to two structure fires in a span of about 40 minutes early this morning, Monday, November 16th.

The first fire was reported at 3:05 am Monday and involved an apartment building at 20 Staff Sergeant Pendleton Way. The fire was located in a second floor storeroom. The use of fire extinguishers helped slow the spread of fire prior to crews arriving on scene. » Read more

Commercial Kitchen Fire Injures Two

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to a fire last night, Monday, involving a commercial kitchen at 6560 W. Nob Hill Boulevard.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 9:27 pm Monday. Crews arrived to find the kitchen hood suppression system extinguished the fire. Firefighters were on scene for about an hour.

Two workers in the kitchen sustained minor burn injuries. » 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.

Our fire stations are closed to visits from the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click https://yakimafire.com/covid-19/ to see the other precautions we are taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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


Aaron Markham