YFD News

YFD Welcomes New Deputy Fire Chief

D.J. Goldsmith is the new Deputy Chief for the Yakima Fire Department (YFD).

“It is exciting to have D.J. on board as Deputy Fire Chief,” said Fire Chief Aaron Markham. “This brings us up to full staffing in that role and helps share the workload.”

A native of Spokane, Goldsmith was previously a Battalion Chief for the Yakima Training Center Fire Department. » Read more

Fire Displaces Motel Occupants

Occupants of seven units of a motel in Union Gap were displaced today, Tuesday, June 29th, due to a structure fire.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters were called to the Sunset Motel, 3401 Main Street, at 9:50 am today. Upon arrival they found a heavily-involved attic fire that affected all seven units of one building.

Firefighters confirmed all occupants had evacuated the building. » Read more

YFD Offers Water Safety Resources for Summer

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) offers a number of water safety resources and suggestions as community members head out to the water, whether it be a back yard pool or local rivers, lakes and streams.

Some available resources include a life jacket loan program, funded and maintained by the Yakima Firefighters Association. Life jackets are available for use by the community at no cost. » 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.

With City of Yakima facilities re-opening on June 1st, we are currently evaluating protocols for the possible resumption of public visits to YFD fire stations.

Feel free to further explore our website or call if you have any questions. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.


Aaron Markham