YFD News

YFD Announces New Deputy Fire Chief

Chris Hutsell is the new Deputy Chief for the Yakima Fire Department (YFD).

“It is exciting to have Chris 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.”

Prior to joining YFD, Hutsell was Deputy Chief at Kittitas County Fire District 7 in Cle Elum. » Read more

Fire Prevention Week 2023 Begins Oct. 8th

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote National Fire Prevention Week, which begins Sunday, October 8th, and continues through Saturday, October 14th. The 2023 campaign theme is, “Cooking safety starts with YOU.”

This year’s campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. » Read more

YFD Responds to D Street Bin Fire

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) firefighters responded to a fire last night, Sunday, involving apple bins and pallets in the 100 block of West D Street.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 8:21 pm Sunday, July 23rd, and found apple bins and pallets fully involved in fire.

YFD crews responded with both ladder trucks and several fire engines to control the fire. » 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