West Valley Firefighters

Quarterly Newsletter

1st Quarter of 2012


Chief's Monthly Report

Chief's Monthly Report

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           August 3, 2022


The primary purpose of this report is to keep the Board of Fire Commissioners informed as to the activities and progress on major programs or objectives.  The items listed, as near as possible, are in priority order. As a second purpose, this report will be shared with the Officers Management Team and all fire personnel.



One Member from Station 52 resigned this past month, he had previously been on leave and doesn’t have time for us.

Starting July, our total on call Members is 84 which includes 12 new recruits.  We have 2 on leave, 1 on light duty and 12 for support leaving 58 operational on call Members until recruits are trained.  Including our 4 firefighters, 4 Admin and 3 Commissioners our total personnel is 95.



Valley Fire held a quarterly dispatch users meeting for the UV departments to review any unusual occurrences and update Chiefs on progress.  They have been part of a pilot program whereas they don’t get patched into 911 calls until toward the end of questioning and advised that has not been optimal and will request to end the pilot soon, review the data and make changes.  Additionally, 911 Ops Board held a demo regarding Pro QA a 911 triage system that is intended to speed up 911 calls.


The county wide radio project final report is nearing completion, moving forward we will need all parties to agree on the recommended system and develop a governance to oversee the system then work on funding.  With the project nearing an end, county fire has discussed that we still are not in a broken must fix system like law enforcement states they are, because, we will have to maintain our current system most Chiefs are of the opinion any change in system will need to be a no cost solution and if we don’t change we need to ensure any money coming into the county for radio systems helps support our current systems.



Recruitment and Retention- By DC Jim Johnston


The Retention Survey was closed out on July 31st, we received 46 responses.  I will compile the results and look at them in comparison to the Retention Plan that was created last year to look for any new ideas for improvement of the plan.


Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

July Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, OTEP Module 3 (OB-GYN), Ladder Fundamentals, and Water Supply & Hose Handling.

Developed the August Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / 2023 Budget Requests, OTEP Module 4 (Cardiac & Stroke), EVIP Rodeo & Annual SCBA Fit Test, EVIP Road Course, and Department Family BBQ.

The newest Recruits attended Orientation on August 1st and started Advanced First Aid on August 4th. 

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The Officers have been tasked to compile their requests for the 2023 budget, they are due at the August Officer Meeting.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: By Officer Boisselle

Station 52 participated in the West Valley Fair Parade on July 23rd with three trucks.

On July 29th the Day Crew conducted water deck gun testing, we invited folks to come stand under the water stream to help beat the heat.  We had several families with kids show up for the cool off event!!

The third addition of the 2022 newsletter has been delivered to the post office.

West Valley Fire will man the Yakima Valley Fire & Injury Prevention groups booth at the Central WA Fair on opening day, September 23rd.


In July there were a total of 101 alarms for our District, 88 we responded to and 13 ambulance only calls.

Incidents:                                                         YTD       Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone                       

Station 51                   19                   88                    28                      145 (29%)

Station 52                   20                   103                  27                     185 (37%)

Station 53                   23                  80                    29                      127 (26%)

Station 54                   4                     28                    4                        39   (8%)

Station 50                   22 (6Duty)      197                    

Yakima                        0                     3

Ambulance Only         13                   65

Total                                                     564


Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Fire                              17                    7 bldg.  (2AA, 3MA), 1 vehicle, 9 veg (1AA, 2MA)                      44

            EMS                             62                    56 EMS, 5 MVC, 1 AMA                                                          374

            Hazardous Condition      2                      1- Electrical, 1 Gas                                                                  16

            Service Call                 12                    12 assist invalid                                                                      53

            Good Intent                7                      2 burns, 5 smoke (5 Duty)                                                      20

            False Alarm                 1                      1 CO                                                                                        16


Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Canceled enroute       4                      2 MA, 2 EMS                                                                          36

            Extinguishment          12                    6 bldg. 2MA, 2AA), 6 veg (1MA), 1 vehicle                        38

            Provide BLS                 56                                                                                                                    358

            Assist Invalid               11                                                                                                                    56

            Investigate                  14                    1 AMA, 4 EMS, 5 Smoke, 1 CO, 2 Burn, 1 Power               58

            Other                          4                      1 standby, 2 fire out, 1 haz mat                                             16


Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                                    

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                2

From Yakima               1                                  To Yakima                   1

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 4                                              YTD                 11       


Mutual Aid Received             0                                  Mutual Aid Given       5 (2 Yak, 1 G-view, 1 Dist 5, 1 Dist 4)

            YTD                             0                                              YTD                 12       


There was a total of $36,800 in loss from four incidents and approximately 8 acres burned in District last month.  Losses resulted from a kitchen fire, garage fire and two brush fires that impacted properties damaging fences and equipment.

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after) Qualifying Alarms: 54mo, 344yr, Target met: mo. 38 (70%) yr 250 (73%), Target not met: mo. 16 (30%) yr. 94 (27%). 

We are moving ahead with the weeknight responder program as a pilot for the rest of 2022 starting August 7th.

I have been in contact with AMR regarding contracting lift assists to them for nights and weekends, I have drafted a contract based off a previous auto aid agreement and sent it to them, they have sent it to their attorneys so hopefully we hear back by this fall.


Items remaining in 2022 on our purchasing schedule are as follows:

10 sets of turnout – On order.

New Engine 51 and misc. equipment – Engine should be ready in October; some equipment has been purchased already.

Brush 52 chassis- Order bank will open in October.

St 52 front flood lights- On order waiting for lenses.

St 54 dayroom kitchen update- Working with contractors on small works roster, also adding updating the community center kitchen and making ADA accessible restroom with state grant money to the project.

Upcoming in August will be public education banners and filling any cracks in our asphalt at all stations.



After a 10-month hiatus AFG started awarding grants again July 29th, we have a grant in the que to purchase our portable and mobile radios.


Good of the Order:


We held another Red Cross blood drive July 11th netting 32 pints of blood, Red Cross advised our drive has become the most solid drive in the area and they appreciate our partnership.

The Association Pippen’s baseball family night was fun and the Pippen’s won.

August 18th will be the Commissioners quarterly meeting at Gold Creek in the Nile, I am unable to attend but Christy or Jim will be available.




Nathan Craig

Fire Chief