YFD News

YFD, KVFR form Central Washington Fire Training Academy

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) and Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue (KVFR) have partnered to form the Central Washington Fire Training Academy (CWFTA).

Through CWFTA, firefighters from both agencies learn the essentials of firefighting, wildland firefighting, as well as responding to incidents involving medical issues and hazardous materials.

The CWFTA’s most recent live fire training was Wednesday, » Read more

YFD Responds to N. 34th Ave Structure Fire

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters responded to a residential structure fire Thursday afternoon in the 1000 block of North 34th Avenue.

YFD was called to the scene at 3:07 pm Thursday, March 23rd. Upon arrival, crews found a single-story manufactured home with smoke coming out of the attic and living space. No one was inside the residence and no injuries were reported. » Read more

North 34th Avenue Structure Fire Injures One Person

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters responded to a commercial residential structure fire early Friday morning in the 600 block of North 34th Avenue that injured one person.

YFD was called to the scene at 1:20 am Friday, December 30th. Upon arrival, crews found the facility’s alarm and automatic sprinkler systems were activated. There was an active fire in one of the rooms. » 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 31 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