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Monthly Progress Report

West Valley Fire Department

Yakima County Fire District 12

For the Meeting of February 12, 2019

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           February 8, 2019

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.


Lieutenant Randy Gohl has been granted a leave of absence.

Starting February, we have 97 volunteers, 76 in service for operations, 10 support, 8 on leave of absence, 2 light duty and 1 medical leave.  Our total number of personnel is 107.


Engine 54 has needed pump repair the past couple pump tests, this month we sent it to Cascade Fire for repairs. This will be a major overhaul of the pump causing the engine to be out of service for around four weeks.  Due to the length of the bay we are unable to house a reserve pumper at Station 54.  I have contacted several local Chiefs and found a reserve engine that will fit in the bay however, at this time after consulting with the Station Officers we have decided to utilize the remaining equipment we have for the time being.  Technically we are only short 100 gallons of water we would normally respond with and, of course, we dispatch three stations to structure fires, so we have backup coming.

All projects in our January purchasing schedule have been finished and this month we are working on installing the dryer at Station 52 and toilets at Station 53.  Looking ahead to next month, weather permitting we will install the parking curbs at Station 54 and purchase a few hand tools.


In January there were a total of 69 incidents of which 55 were handled by our personnel.

Incidents:                                        YTD                                                    

Station 51                   12                   12

Station 52                   11                   11       

Station 53                   1                     1

Station 54                   5                     5

Station 50                   26                   26

Yakima                        4                     4

Ambulance Only         10                  10

2019 Total                                         69

Incident Type:      Month            Type                                                                  YTD

Fire                            5                    3 building, 1 deck, 1 brush. (out of dist 4)         5 EMS                          50                  6 med alarm, 40 EMS, 4 MVC                         50 Hazardous Condition 2                   1 wiring problem, 1 arcing wire                         2 Service Call                3                   3 assist invalid                                                    3 Good Intent                2                    2 authorized control burning                             2 False Alarm                7                   6 fire alarm, 1 CO alarm (out of dist 1)             7

Action Taken:       Month            Type                                                                    YTD Canceled enroute       13             5 AA, 2 EMS AA, 3 S-Fire, 2 EMS, 1 MVC        13 Extinguishment          1               1 Building                                                               1 Provide BLS              43                                                                                            43 Assist Invalid              3                                                                                              3 Investigate                  6                      1 AA, 2 EMS AA, 2 Control Burn, 1 CO        6 Investigate fire out     3                      1 brush, 2 electrical                                          3

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given         

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                2

From Yakima               0                                  To Yakima                   2                      From Gleed                 0

YTD                 0                                              YTD                 4         

 Mutual Aid Received             0                    Mutual Aid Given       1 (Yakima)        YTD                 0                                              YTD                 1         

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after)                    

 Qualifying Alarms: 39  Target met: 27 (69.2%)           

Target not met: 12 (30.8%) Zone 54= 8

Captain Johnston and I participated in an IAFC webinar covering their lavender report regarding carcinogens and firefighter cancer. From this webinar we have some new ideas we plan to implement through policy in the next couple months.  This will all tie together with extra bunker gear and hoods while improving our on-scene decontamination and prevention of exposure. When we get a draft of the policy ready it will be on the agenda for discussion.

I have been working with the DNR, BIA, Forest Service and Yakima Fire to develop a program to certify some of our members as fallers.  From time to time we have trees that need to be cut down on fires in the District and at this time because we cannot get certification on our red cards, we have not pursued the training.  Cowlitz 2 has a program I think will work for us. This program may be beneficial across the whole county, I plan to see if there is interest from the Chiefs Association to develop a standard for the whole county.

Department Training and Safety: By Captain Jim Johnston

January Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, State of the Department, Knots & Ropes, Equipment Scramble, & Team Building

Developed the February Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / SCBA Quarterly, OTEP Modules 1 & 2, Ladder Evolutions, and Building Const / Fire Protection Systems Review.

The 2019 Recruit Class started on January 7th currently we have six new Recruits for West Valley, three from Gleed, and one from Highland.  At this point (thru January) we have completed Advanced First Aid and Chapters 1 thru 8 of the Essentials Book along with one Saturday Practical where we worked on SCBA.

Officer Development Academy was held in January with 9 Senior Firefighters and 3 Lieutenants completing the course ready to lead.

At our January monthly Officers meeting I conducted a group discussion on the Super Sofa Store Fire that killed nine Firefighters on June 18, 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Fire Prevention / Public Education: By Captain Jim Johnston

January was a slow month for Prevention / Public Education opportunities.  I was contacted by West Valley Child Care about providing some instruction on Fire Extinguishers for their employees and volunteers, this might get scheduled sometime in April.


February 4th the local newspaper had a short article regarding the future of fire service in the City of Yakima. In this article they stated of the six fire districts near Yakima only we were willing to listen to a proposal.  This information came out of a report Yakima Chief Markham prepared for the council over the past few months and was picked up by a reporter.  The article is correct that we are willing to hear a proposal, however, this is not current news.  Several months ago, Chief Markham and I discussed the history of the 2011 attempt to form an RFA and why we weren’t interested then and if we would ever entertain the idea in the future. 

Landowners at the intersection of 96th Ave and Tieton Drive have petitioned the City of Yakima for annexation, due to the proposed annexation creating an irregular boundary.  I submitted comments on behalf of the District opposed to the annexation.  The hearing scheduled for February 5th has been rescheduled for the 19th.

SunComm to better serve the system users held a user meeting February 7th.  This initial meeting was to establish the needs of the group for the scheduled quarterly meetings, resolve conflict and provide feedback on the system.  The group determined agenda topics for future meetings will be: report on the status of upgrading the radio system, data on call processing, review of inquiries, budget and resolving dispatched call counts.  Additionally, we plan to discuss standardized radio traffic, the cost to QA a percentage of calls and the potential to utilize 1/10th or 2/10th sales tax to fund the communication system county wide like the law and justice tax.

Recruitment & Retention:  By LT Chris Lyons

We launched the mentor program at each of the stations in January with the hiring of the New Recruits. I keep in regular contact with the members that were appointed as the mentors. So far all of them agree that the program is a huge benefit to the new members as it allows them to have an identified person that they can go to in the event of questions. The Recruits have been very active attending drills, there was also a large turnout at our Association Meeting from the recruit class. I will continue to work with the mentors and the Recruits to ensure that both groups have what they need to continue being successful.

Futures Program / Cadet Program:  By LT Chris Lyons

Last year West Valley High School began the rebranding process of the C.T.E program. Last week I was granted access to view the new website that will be used to promote what will now be known as The Futures Program. I am very proud to say that our Fire Science Program is the page opener with photos of our Day Crew members working with the students. The website should be made public later this year to begin promoting for next school year.

With the students coming back from Christmas Vacation, we have made a large amount of progress in the book covering three more chapters. We should be wrapping up with the book by mid-March. I rearranged the class layout this year and we seem to be moving along at a good pace to ensure that we get the maximum amount of drill ground time once the weather changes.

Strategic Planning:

This month we continue to improve our mentor program, begin work on plans for the Station 51 expansion, review January activity levels of members, track mileage and type of incidents, develop specifications for an elevated master stream and are working on our customer follow-up and community feedback programs.  All of these will be reported on at our workshop later this month.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

I will be attending the annual BIAS conference the end of February to get the latest information on BARS reporting.  In March I will start preparations for our annual report.


Due to the government shut down the peer review for FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants will now occur February 21st.  I have begun working with an apparatus manufacturer to develop the specifications for the apparatus requested in our grant to be prepared in the event our grant is awarded.


The 2019 legislative day was successful, we met with Senators King and Honeyford as well as Representatives Mosbrucker and Corry.  Several fire service bills are making their way through both the House and Senate, the first cutoff to pass bills out of committees is February 22nd.  On the agenda I will provide a short report on bills we are tracking.

Good of the Order:

The quarterly Yakima County Fire Commissioners meeting is at Naches Heights February 21st and our annual awards banquet is scheduled for March 9th.


Nathan Craig

Fire Chief