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    Quaale's Receive Good Samaritan Award At Council Meeting

    We would like to congratulate Mike and Chelsey Quaale on receipt of their Good Samaritan Award during the Yakima City Council Meeting on October 7, 2014!  But "Congratulations" just isn't quite right. We need to sincerely thank you for being a part of OUR community!

    In case you didn't know, Mike and Chelsey were on their way to the Central Washington State Fair on Sunday, September 21 when they noticed a man in his yard whose clothing was on fire as a result of a fire in his garage. Instead of continuing on their drive, they stopped and jumped into action! Chelsey went to the aid of the man, and Mike began to tackle the garage fire with a nearby garden hose. While assisting, Chelsey suffered a couple of burns herself. The gentleman they stopped to help is still at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and has a long road to recovery ahead of him. He is extremely grateful that these two people so unselfishly stopped to help him, and he is confident that if it wasn't for the quick action of the Quaale's, he would be in much worse condition, or possibly not have survived the incident at all.

    If you would like to watch the October 7 Council meeting, feel free to visit


    Our best wishes in the victim's recovery, and again THANK YOU Mike and Chelsey!


    The Quaale family after the Council Meeting, along with the parents of the burn victim.

    The Quaale family after the Council Meeting, along with the parents of the burn victim.


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    National Fire Prevention Week

    Fire Prevention Week Theme


    Oct. 5-11, 2014 is National Fire Prevention Week, but here in the City of Yakima, we are going to consider the entire month of October Fire Prevention Month!  This year's theme is "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month".

    Did you know that Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 in which up to 300 people died, over 100,000 people were left homeless, and roughly 3.3 square miles were destroyed by fire? This fire burned from Sunday October 8, to early Tuesday October 10, 1871.  It is annually observed during the week in which October 9 falls.

    Today, we use this time to bring specific attention to Fire Prevention. There are countless ways that each of us can help prevent fires. Below are a few short Public Service Announcement YouTube videos with tips for Fire Prevention:


    Kitchen Safety

    Smoke Alarms

    Escape Plan

    Space Heaters



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    YFD at the Central Washington State Fair

    As you make your way past the carnival rides, through the animal barns and around the fairgrounds in general, you may also encounter some of YFD's finest. Each day of the fair will have a semi-dedicated Engine Company present to provide Fire and EMS coverage.  Be sure to say hello!


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    Sunfair Parade


    The weather was warm and there wasn't a cloud in the sky for the annual Sunfair Parade on Saturday, September 20th. The City of Yakima Fire Department had a three fire engines in the parade, including the antique engine, as well as the Mobile Air Unit and Mobile Rehab Unit. A big thank you to everyone who came out and made the parade a huge success!


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    Smillie Receives Apple Award

    At the September 16th Yakima City Council Meeting, Firefighter Brian Smillie was presented with an Apple Award for his heroic act while on vacation at Cannon Beach, Oregon. A family that had been out surfing had been pulled out in a rip current and were not able to paddle back into shore. Fortunately, Brian was able to use his kayak to paddle out in the rip current and pull the family to shore.

    Congratulations on your award Brian, and we are so proud to have such an outstanding citizen on our team!


    Brian Smillie and his family at the podium with Chief Bob Stewart during the Yakima City Council Meeting.

    Brian Smillie and his family at the podium with Chief Bob Stewart during the Yakima City Council Meeting.

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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: 91 EMS: 3249
Vehicle Fires: 47 Tech Rescue: 16
Other Fires: 97 HazMat: 36
Motor Vehicle Accidents:  367 All Other Calls: 1742
Responses Year To Date:  5,768

Total Responses for 2013: 8,232