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    What do I do when I am ordered to "Shelter In Place" during a natural or man made disaster?

    There are times when an incident produces smoke or leaks or even fire that it is safer for you to stay inside your residence or office.  Sometimes you may hear authorities say please stay inside your residence, or office for your safety....... that is an example of Shelter in Place.

    If ordered to remain in your home, office or school, follow these directions to “shelter-in-place.”

    • Go inside.
    • Close all windows and doors.
    • Turn off ventilation systems (heating and air-conditioning and fireplace dampers).
    • Go into a room with the fewest doors and windows and seal the room.
    • Stay in the room until told by the authorities that it is safe to come out.

    How to shelter-in-place

    • Dampen towels and place over the cracks under doors.
    • Cut plastic sheeting to fit over the windows and vents. Secure the plastic with duct tape.
    • Tape around the door.
    • Turn on the radio.
    • Don't air out or leave your sealed shelter until you are told to do so.


    • If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately, and carefully follow directions. Do not wander about; know where you are going and how to get there.
    • Avoiding chemical exposure should be your primary goal. Leaving your sheltered area to rescue or assist victims can be a deadly decision.
    • In a chemical emergency, there is very little an untrained volunteer can do to help victims. Stay in your sheltered area until authorities determine it is safe to come out.
    • If you were outside before taking shelter and think you may have been exposed to a chemical agent, there are several things you can do. If you are in a sealed shelter, take off at least your outer clothes, put them in a plastic bag and seal the bag. If water is available, wash or take a cool to warm (not hot) shower, using lots of soap and water. Do not put the soap in your eyes, just lots of water. If you leave the area, tell emergency responders or medical staff at your destination you may have been exposed. Tell the emergency responders about the sealed bag so that they can arrange for its safe removal after the emergency.
    • If you have symptoms of exposure, call 9-1-1 immediately and follow their instructions.

    For additional Emergency Preparedness information to protect you or your family, go to  http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse

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    Warm Weather Safety

    As it is gets warmer outside remember to stay hydrated, use sun screen and be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke before it is too late.

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    Firefighters train to extinguish real fire at our controlled environment Training Center

     Today the Yakima Fire Department Training Division is training personnel to utilize our burn room facility. This training allows the department to train personnel using techniques to extinguishing fires in a safe and controlled environment.


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    After 32 years of service with Yakima Fire, Lieutenant Bruce Newell of Station 92 is retiring

    After 32 years of Service with the Yakima Fire Department and 38 years total in the fire service, Bruce Newell, Lieutenant at Fire Station 92 has decided to retire and begin the next chapter in his life. Congratulations Bruce!Newell retirement

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    Yakima Firefighters respond to a well involved garage fire

    4-21-15 A-Shift fire crews responded to a garage fire this afternoon. Engine 91 (not pictured) and Engine 95 quickly extinguished the fire.


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Customer Service Survey

If you’ve ever had cause to use the Yakima Fire Department’s services – whether in an emergency or under non-emergency circumstances, we’d like to hear from you.  Please click on the blue survey link below and tell us about your customer service experience. Information collected remains confidential and will be used only as a means to ensure the needs of our customers are being met.

This survey is intended for people living within the city limits of Yakima.

2014 Responses

Structure Fires: 111 EMS: 4353
Vehicle Fires: 59 Tech Rescue: 18
Other Fires: 252 HazMat: 50
Motor Vehicle Accidents:  491
All Other Calls: 2102
Responses Year To Date:  7606

Total Responses for 2013: 8,232