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 9, 2021

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.


Chelsea Rowley and Mark Swanson both moved out of the area and resigned. Wendy Stover took a leave of absence.

Starting August, we have 78 on call members, 60 in service for operations, 10 support, 4 medical leave and 4 on leave of absence.  Our total number of personnel is 89. 


Last month there were a total of 77 alarms in District, 75 we responded to.  Our access to Spillman is back up so we added in the 8 ambulance only and one Yakima AA call from June to the year-to-date numbers.

Incidents:                                      YTD          Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone   

Station 51                   8                     76                    13                      121 (24.5%)

Station 52                   18                   112                  32                     195 (39.6%)

Station 53                   11                  70                    19                      114 (23.1%)

Station 54                   8                     34                    11                      621 (12.6%)

Station 50                   30 (4 duty)     200                    

Yakima                        0                     8

Ambulance Only         2                     46

Total                                                   460

Incident Type:       Month            Type                                                         YTD Fire                              9       1 building (AA), 6 brush (1MA, 2AA), 2 car           74 EMS                           58      51 EMS, 6 MVC, 1 med alarm                            379 Hazardous Condition 0                                                                                       13 Service Call                 2                      2 assist invalid                                       22     Good Intent                6                      4 outdoor burn, 2 smoke (4 duty officer)  38   False Alarm                 2                      1 Automatic Fire Alarm, 1 Smoke Detector 14

Action Taken:          Month            Type                                                      YTD             Canceled enroute       5             1 AAid, 2 EMS, 1 AFA, 1 MVC                               48 Extinguishment          10          2 AAid, 1 MA, 3 brush, 2 Vehicle, 2 outdoor burn    53 Provide BLS                 49                                                                                       323 Assist Invalid               2                                                                                           20 Investigate                  11        2- outdoor burn, 2 mvc, 1 AMA, 2 Smoke, 3 EMS, 1 Smoke Detector  89 Other                          2                                                                                             4

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given           

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                2

From Yakima               0                                  To Yakima                   1

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 2                                              YTD                 33       

Mutual Aid Received             1                         Mutual Aid Given       1 (Yakima)

            YTD                             6                                              YTD                 10       

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after)                        Qualifying Alarms: 59mo, 346yr, Target met: mo 42 (71%) yr 244 (71%), Target not met: mo 17 (29%) yr 102 (29%)

Two vehicle fires last month resulted in $2,500 in losses.  20 wildland acres burned on a two-alarm fire off North Cottonwood Rd, all other brush fires were stopped at less than 1 acre.

Recently I had a meeting with Commissioner McKinney regarding the ambulance contract, she advised that they have a meeting with the County Prosecutor Joe Brusic on the 12th to discuss progress on going back out for the contract.  We recently transported a patient as a mutual aid call to Yakima, at the same time Selah was transporting a patient out of Yakima as well, in looking for solutions to the issue I am discussing with dispatch and the ambulance companies the ability to utilize BLS ambulances the companies use for interfacility transports during times we are short ambulances.  I will be bringing this issue to the EMS Admin Board and MPD for approval.

Public Education / Fire Prevention: By Officer Boisselle

We are offering the Safe@Home program for 4th-6th graders on August 18th and 19th.  This 2-hour class teaches students safety skills for staying at home alone. We currently have 20 students signed up.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

Officers are working with their station members on 2022 budget requests.  By the September meeting we will have a budget calendar and hopefully some preliminary numbers from the County.

Recruitment and Retention: By DC Jim Johnston

I have reached out to the Mentors via email on July 9th to check on their interaction with the new recruits, all of them got back to me by email with positive news.  Some of the mentors spoke to me directly and let me know that they have been checking in with the recruits frequently.

I was provided with the member participation (Drill / Incident percentages) thru June sometime mid-July.  I contacted the members who have low numbers to inquire what was going on in their lives. The general answer was their jobs are taking much of their time.  I reminded the ones that work in Fire and EMS to provide their work schedules so they can at least get credit for drills if they are working on a drill night, one wasn’t aware of this arrangement.  I will continue to monitor their numbers. 

Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

July Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, Ladder Fundamentals, Tender Shuttle, and Search & Rescue w/ RIT.

Developed the August Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / 2022 Budget Requests, EVIP Road Course, EVIP Rodeo w/ SCBA Fit Test, Pumper / Hydrant Ops.

On July 17th the new Recruits finished their Wildland Training, they will start structural training on August 30th. 

Strategic Plan:

In addition to our regular monthly action plan items, in July we did our quarterly budget analysis with Officer Development training on the budget, worked on partnering with an ambulance service for EMS supply purchasing and for carcinogen reduction started work on removing the carpet at Station 53.  Our external communications were on preventing drownings with our internal message focusing on our Mission.

In August we are reviewing the wage and benefit survey information and continuing carcinogen reduction with carpet removal at Station 54.  I have been in contact with a company to do our station location study and have been negotiating the price as a standalone entity.

The update to the plan is completed in draft form with the committee meeting on the 10th to review and finalize the plan. 


This month we are having a water softener installed at Station 54.  We are having a survey completed for the land sale to Nob Hill Water to outline the parcel we will sell.  We are currently waiting for the compressor for Air 50 to arrive as well as parts and pieces for Truck 51.  The cell tower project is in County review currently.


County Fire and YSO are working together on how new law enforcement laws in our state will affect our response.  I reviewed new procedures with our officers and sent them out to all Members, the email is included in your packet.

All Districts have been advised to have Commissioners present at this month’s meeting to vote on moving county dispatching to District 5.

Good of the Order:

In July we held another blood drive netting 38 pints of blood for the American Red Cross, our total for the year is 88 pints with one more donation scheduled in October.

The Fire Commissioners Association quarterly meeting is at Naches Heights August 19th, I will be on vacation that day.


Nathan Craig

Fire Chief