YFD News

YFD Responds to House Fire on N. 30th Avenue

A structure fire early this morning, Friday, October 8th, in the 200 block of North 30th Avenue displaced a family and caused an estimated $350,000 in damages. No injuries were reported.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were called to the scene at 3:10 am Friday. They found a fire involving a single-family home. Crews were able to contain the fire to the front half of the house. » Read more

Fire Prevention Week 2021 is Underway

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote National Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday, October 3rd and continues through Saturday, October 9th. The 2021 campaign theme is, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.”

This year’s campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. » Read more

YFD Extinguishes Wildland Fire on Greenway

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were on scene for about an hour this morning, Thursday, in response to a wildland fire on the Yakima Greenway.

Crews were called to an area north of the McGuire Community Playground at 12:29 am Thursday. They found a fire spreading fast in heavy timber, with flames extending 50 to 80 feet in the air. » 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