YFD News

YFD Offers Water Safety Resources, Tips

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

Fire Causes Estimated $200,000 in Damages

Damage to a house and property in the 6600 block of North Glacier Court is estimated at $200,000 following a fire early this morning, Sunday, July 12th. (It is the practice of the Yakima Fire Department to not release the specific address of a private home involved in a fire or other emergency response.)

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) was called to the scene at 3:47 am this morning. » Read more

Fireworks are Illegal in the City of Yakima

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reminds the community that per Yakima Municipal Code 10.15.015, it is illegal to store, sell, possess or discharge fireworks in the City of Yakima.

“We encourage community members to celebrate safely this July 4th, and that includes not discharging fireworks in the City,” said Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. “Each year there are a number of fires that result from the use of fireworks.”

For example, » 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.

Thank you for visiting our website and we would love to meet you in person, so stop by your local fire station. If you have questions, would like to tour the station, or just want to say hello our doors are always open if we’re not currently out on a call.


Aaron Markham