YFD News

YFD responds to three fires overnight

Yakima Fire Department (YFD) responded to three fires in less than seven hours
from last night through early this morning, Thursday, March 26th:

  • At
    3:43 am today, Thursday, YFD firefighters were called to the 400 block of South
    48th Avenue. The fire involved two vehicles parked outside of a
    home. The fire consumed the vehicles,

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Outdoor Burning Illegal in Yakima, City Offers Yard Waste Option

Spring is here
and day-time temperatures are reaching into the 60s. While warmer weather might
inspire some spring cleaning, the Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reminds
residents that outdoor burning is illegal in the City of Yakima.

“Many fires
each year are caused by someone burning their weeds or yard debris,” said
Yakima Fire Chief Aaron Markham. » Read more

Daylight Saving Time Begins March 8th

saving time will officially begin at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 8th.
Clocks are set ahead one hour and many people set their clocks to “spring
forward” before they go to bed the night before, in this case Saturday, March 7th.

you change your clocks, the Yakima Fire Department and the National Safety
Council suggest also taking the opportunity to conduct safety checks around your
home. » 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