YFD News

North 4th Street Fire Displaces Four People

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to a fire last night, Wednesday, which destroyed a residential structure, displacing four people and two dogs.

Firefighters were called to the 700 block of North 4th Street at 10:38 pm Wednesday night. Crews found a one-and-a-half-story residential structure fully involved. The fire was declared a defensive operation and it took crews several hours to knock down the flames. » Read more

“Fall Back” and Remember to Check Smoke Alarms

Daylight Saving Time will officially end at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 1st. Clocks are set back one hour and many people set their clocks to “fall back” before they go to bed the night before, in this case Saturday, October 31st.

When you change your clocks, the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) suggests also testing your smoke alarms and replacing the batteries if needed. » Read more

Fire Destroys House on Washington Avenue

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to a fire early this morning, Wednesday, which destroyed a single-family residence in the 5200 block of West Washington Avenue.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 3:21 am today. Crews found an unoccupied, boarded-up house fully engulfed in flames.

Downed electrical lines delayed initial firefighting operations. The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported. » 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.

Our fire stations are closed to visits from the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Click https://yakimafire.com/covid-19/ to see the other precautions we are taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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


Aaron Markham