YFD News

YFD Offers Tips for Back-to-School Safety

With students in the Yakima
School District starting a new school year next Wednesday, August 28th,
the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is encouraging community members to remember
back-to-school safety tips.

 “The goal is
to begin the academic year on a positive note, and safety is the number one
priority for all students, parents and the community,” said Yakima Fire Chief
Aaron Markham. » Read more

YFD Responds to Fires on South 17th Street, East Mead Avenue

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to two structure fires in a span of about eight hours last night, Tuesday, and early this morning.

YFD firefighters were first
called to the 1700 block of South 17th Street at 8:14 pm Tuesday
night, where light smoke was coming from the eaves of the house. Firefighters
extinguished the fire and Pacific Power & » Read more

Technical Rescue Team Retrieves Man from Yakima River

Yakima Fire Department (YFD)
crews responded at about 3:00 pm today to a report of a man stranded on a log
in the Yakima River.  The 32-year-old man
was reportedly hanging onto a log in an area of the river north of Terrace
Heights Way and south of a train trestle upriver.

A joint-agency Technical Rescue
Team (TRT) was called in after the crews that first responded had located the
man.  » 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