YFD News

Plan Ahead for Phase Out of 3G Networks

Consumers whose mobile phones rely on older 3G and 4G technology will not be able to place phone calls, including 911 calls, or send texts as early as January 2022.

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks, which rely on older technology, to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G.

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YFD, SunComm offer 9-1-1 dialing tips

During an emergency the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) and SunComm encourage you to call 9-1-1. Examples include:

  • Anytime someone’s life is in danger
  • When someone is sick or injured and needs immediate medical care
  • When a crime is committed
  • If someone witnesses a potential crime being committed or about to be committed
  • Anytime you feel a police officer,

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Structure Fire on N. 6th Ave. Injures One Person

A structure fire in the 500 block of North 6th Avenue early this morning, Wednesday, November 17th, injured one person, displaced a family and caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were called to the scene at 2:06 am Wednesday. They found a fire involving a single-family home.

Crews were told an occupant was still in the residence and immediately performed a life-saving search for him. » 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