YFD News

North 4th Street Fire Displaces Six People

Six people are displaced following a fire involving a single-family residence last night, Tuesday, January 12th, in the 1000 block of North 4th Street.

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) was called to the scene at 11:52 pm last night. First-arriving crews found the front third of the house fully engulfed in fire from floor to ceiling. » Read more

Yakima Firefighters Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

First responders with the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine today, Tuesday.

They received the Pfizer vaccination this morning at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. They were the first from YFD to receive the vaccine and additional first responders will continue to receive it.

“The injection didn’t hurt. It felt no different than the flu shot I get every year,” said Fire Chief Aaron Markham, » Read more

Fire destroys S. 12th Avenue Home

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded at 12:23 am today, Tuesday, to a structure fire in the 1800 block of South 12th Avenue.

The first firefighters at the scene found a single-story residence well involved in fire. Occupants advised YFD that everyone was out of the structure.

Winds at the time were more than 20 mph, » 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