YFD News

Firefighters Rescue Child from Duplex Fire

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters rescued a child from a structure fire early this morning, Friday.

Crews were called to a fire involving a duplex in the 1200 block of South 41st Avenue at 4:48 am today. Upon searching the structure, they found the child inside a portable crib and removed him from the building. He is believed to be about two years of age. » Read more

West Nob Hill Boulevard Fire Displaces Five People

Five people are displaced following a fire last night, Saturday, May 29th, that destroyed a double-wide mobile home.

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) was called to the 7600 block of West Nob Hill Boulevard at 7:17 pm Saturday and found a double-wide mobile home that was fully involved. All occupants were out of the home and no injuries were reported. » Read more

One Person Perishes in Motor Home Fire

At 12:04 am Thursday, May 27th, YFD responded to a fire in the 1600 block of Fruitvale Boulevard involving a motor home.

A search revealed one person perished from the fire. The occupant was a 56-year-old woman and she is believed to be the fire victim.

The Yakima County Coroner and Yakima Police Department are investigating the cause of death. » 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