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    We train, and train, and train....

    Have you ever wondered what a Firefighter does when they are not actively on an emergency call? If so, you aren't alone!  The truth is, they spend a VAST amount of time training for these emergencies so that they are prepare to respond quickly and accurately.

    A photo of firefighters training in the "burn room", as seen from the control room.

    A photo of firefighters training in the "burn room", as seen from the control room.

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    Yakima Fire Prevention Checklist Videos

    The City of Yakima has put together a video series consisting of one and two minute videos that we are calling "Yakima Fire Prevention Checklists".  They demonstrate basic information on fire safety and prevention. They are well worth a few minutes of your time!  Click on the links below to watch the videos:


    Fire Escape Plan

    Smoke Detectors

    Kitchen Safety

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    Winter and Cold Weather Safety Tips

    The Yakima Fire Department is recommending the following “Top Ten” safety tips in anticipation of the upcoming cold weather and snow likely to happen this week in our Yakima Valley.


    1. Clean your chimney. If you burn firewood, please be sure to have your chimney cleaned by a professional cleaner to reduce the chance of having a chimney fire. Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby building.


    1. Make sure you have working smoke detectors in your homes. Be sure to test you smoke detectors to ensure they operate. Replace the batteries if necessary and be sure to replace your detector if it is over ten years old. Also, check to make sure windows open correctly because each room should have two ways out, in case of a fire.


    1. Keep “Safe” portable heaters in your home. Please be sure that portable heaters are safe by checking for cracked or frayed wiring. Be sure the “Tip-shut off switch” works correctly and never use an extension cords to power your portable heater. Use only one portable heater per outlet and be sure you do not store combustibles near the heaters (3 feet min.).


    1. Keep young children away from space heaters--especially when they are wearing night gowns or other loose clothing that can be easily ignited. When using a fuel burning appliance in the bedrooms, be sure there is plenty of ventilation to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide.


    1. Carbon Monoxide detectors are recommended in the home in rooms where people are sleeping. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless poisonous by-product of combustion. It is known as a silent killer and detectors should be used if you have gas or wood burning appliances and an attached garage at your home.


    1. Don’t wait till the last minute to get your snow tires mounted. If it snows, please be very careful when driving. Slow down and anticipate taking more time when stopping your car.


    1. If you smoke cigarettes, smoke outside. Keep the ashes and cigarette butts in a metal container stored outside and away from your house. The Yakima Fire Department does not endorse cigarette smoking, just safe practices in disposing of hot cigarette products.


    1. Be safe when putting up your Christmas lights. If you choose to put up your Christmas lights in the cold or snowy weather conditions, please be careful to do so only if conditions are safe. Stay off of roofs if snow or ice are present. Be sure to have a “second person” helping out in case you have a fall, so someone can help you in the cold weather. Be sure to inspect the light electrical wires for damage or cracks. If you find any problems – do not repair but rather, replace the lights.


    1. Keep extra food and water supplies in your homes and cars. Have some food and water on standby just in case you lose power or get stranded in the snowy cold weather.


    1. “Check in” with your elderly friends or family members. Do not take for granted our aging and less capable citizens. Please  check in their wellbeing and if they do not answer your call – have someone provide a wellbeing check at their residence.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Captain Schneider at (509) 576-6353. Please be safe by planning ahead during these cold weather months.


    Below are additional links on staying safe, yet warm, as winter approaches:


    Heating Your Home Safely


    USFA Winter Fires


    Fight Fire With Facts


    Put A Freeze On Winter Fires

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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:


    Fire Prevention Checklist on Kitchen Safety

    Fire Prevention Checklist on Smoke Detectors

    Fire Prevention Checklist Escape Plan

    Space Heaters



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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!

    Fire Chief Bob Stewart presenting Mike and Chelsey with their award at the Yakima City Council Meeting.

    Fire Chief Bob Stewart presenting Mike and Chelsey with their award at the Yakima City Council Meeting.

    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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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