YFD News

Fire Damages Greenway Buildings, Park Playground

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) was called to a fire at 1:42 pm yesterday, Monday, which damaged the Yakima Greenway Foundation office building and destroyed a storage building belonging to the Foundation.

The fire also destroyed playground equipment at Sarg Hubbard Park.

It’s believed the fire began midway between the Yakima Greenway path and the Yakima River. » Read more

North 6th Avenue Fire Damages Two Buildings

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) was called to the 1500 block of North 6th Avenue at 3:36 pm yesterday, Monday, in response to a fire involving a Quonset hut and cinderblock warehouse.

A resident of a home in the area was temporarily evacuated due to smoke and breathing concerns. He was evaluated at the scene and released prior to being evacuated. » Read more

YFD, Red Cross Offer Fire Safety Tips for Pets

In a little more than 24 hours last Friday and Saturday, the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to two fires in which, combined, four pets perished.

“The injury and loss for victims of a residential fire can be traumatic, made even more so by the passing of a beloved pet,” said Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. » 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