YFD News

YFD Responds to Restaurant Fire in Union Gap

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters responded to a structure fire in Union Gap on Sunday that caused an estimated $1.8 million in damages. No injuries were reported from the fire.

YFD was called to 2512 Main Street at 4:32 pm Sunday, September 4th, in response to a report of fire from the roof of a restaurant. » Read more

YFD Prevents Fire Damage to Apartment Building

Quick action by Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters prevented a wildland fire near the 1500 block of East Spruce Street from spreading to a nearby apartment building on Tuesday, July 12th. One person sustained a foot injury. The person did not require medical attention or transport to the hospital. No firefighters were injured.

YFD crews were called to the1500 block of East Spruce Street at 3:45 pm Tuesday in response to a 1,200 square-foot brush fire. » Read more

YFD Urging Caution about Outdoor Fires

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters have responded to multiple incidents this week involving fire outdoors and along the Yakima Greenway.

YFD urges the community to be fire safe and to not burn outdoors. Due to dry conditions and hot summer temperatures, any spark at this time of year can quickly become a large wildfire.

“Often the best defense for YFD is a quick offense,” 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 31 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