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:           November 4, 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 of Station 53 and one Support Member resigned last month, both due to moving out of our District.

Starting November, our total on call Members is 78, 64 operations and 11 support.  We have 1 on light duty and 2 on medical leave.  Our total personnel is 89.



After reviewing Yakima’s annexation strategy report summary from October 11th, I have reached out to Joseph Calhoun Planning Manager for Yakima. We last met with Joseph in May of 2019 to work together on future annexations, I have sent him an email however, he is out of the office until the 7th.


The ambulance RFP for the county is supposed to be back to Prosecutor Brusic this month from the consulting firm the county hired to score the proposals. I am hopeful we have movement on this process by the end of the year.


The county radio project is finalizing a list of critical building that must have coverage interior to develop a draft RFP for the project.  Funding will be a major hurdle for the project; however, we must first determine if the system will be an improvement for users as conceptually designed then develop the RFP to determine overall cost.


Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The 2023 Business Plan and Budget are on the agenda for approval following the Public Budget hearing. As previously discussed, the District will move forward with a 1% levy request increase plus new construction and EMS.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: By Officer Boisselle

October was Fire Prevention Month.  We did one fire station tour for Holy Family homeschool co-op.  Our three elementary schools were contacted for fire safety presentations, but none called back to schedul.  We hung up Fire Prevention banners at all stations and changed out the pub ed boards with Fire Prevention posters.


In October there were a total of 93 alarms for our District, 75 we responded to, and 18 ambulance only calls with 7 of those being contracted lift assists.

Incidents:                                                 YTD       Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone                       

Station 51                   12                   128                  27                      202 (29%)

Station 52                   18                   158                  23                     244 (35%)

Station 53                   12                  123                  22                      182 (26%)

Station 54                   1                     44                    3                        66   (10%)

Station 50                   32 (4Duty)      322                    

Yakima                        0                     4

Ambulance Only         18                   112

Total                                                 891


Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Fire                              3                      1 bldg (MA), 1 equipment, 1 veg                                                 69

            EMS                             56                    53 EMS(1MA), 2 MVC, 1 AMA                                                 585

            Hazardous Condition       3                    2 electrical (1AA), 1 haz mat                                                  21

            Service Call                 17                    17 assist invalid (7 ambu)                                                       102

            Good Intent                8                      6 burns, 2 smoke (4 Duty)                                                      46

            False Alarm                 6                      6 AFA                                                                                      30


Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                                                                          YTD

            Canceled enroute          8                      1 AA, 1 MA, 2 EMS, 2 Burning, 1 Lift, 1 MVC                                65

            Extinguishment             3                      1 Equip, 1 veg, 1 burning,                                                         59

            Provide BLS                 53                                                                                                                    550

            Assist Invalid               15                                                                                                                    101

            Investigate                  14                    2 Smoke, 6 AFA, 1 AMA, 1 Electrical, 1 Haz Mat, 3 Burning     96

            Other                          0                                                                                                                      18


Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                                    

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                1

From Yakima               0                                  To Yakima                   0

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 4                                              YTD                 18       


Mutual Aid Received             1                                  Mutual Aid Given       2 (Yakima, Dist 1)

            YTD                             1                                              YTD                 23       


One fire resulted in $2,000 loss, this fire is counted as a mutual aid due to the caller providing inaccurate address information that would have been in Union Gap, so we advised them, however, the call ended up being in West Valley.

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after) Qualifying Alarms: 55mo, 529yr, Target met: mo. 41 (75%) yr 392 (74%), Target not met: mo. 14 (25%) yr. 137 (26%). 

There were 7 contracted lift assists last month to the same address, the occupant has since moved out of District.

Recruitment and Retention: By DC Jim Johnston


There are currently five applications for the upcoming Winter Recruit Class, we will start advertising soon for this next hiring period. 

We have put out the hiring banners at the stations and will change the station reader boards after Election Day to advertise hiring as well. Applications are due by the end of the day on November 30th. 

Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

October Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, OTEP Workshop D (Cardiac / Stroke), Ladders, and Search.

Developed the November Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill, Live Fire Training Evolutions, Department Drill, and Pre-Connect Evolutions.

The Fall Recruit Class finished the Structural component of the Academy with Live Fire training on November 3rd and 5th.  They will have EVIP classroom training on November 19th.

Three members attended a 2-day National Fire Academy class in Selah on November 5th and 6th – Incident Safety Officer.


We have received back quotes for the Station 54 project, we will be able to upgrade both kitchens, create an ADA restroom in the community center and replace the sink and countertop in the station restroom close to our budgeted amount plus state funding.

Station 53 and 54 asphalt crack seal has been completed.

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

New Engine 51 and misc. equipment – July 5, 2023 is new expected completion date.

Brush 52 chassis- October 7th orders for government chassis is scheduled to open.

Strategic Plan:


We are in the process of developing the 2023 action plan, a draft of the plan will be available at our first meting of the month with updates, corrections and additions added at our second November meeting.


Good of the Order:


At the Commissioners conference we received first place for management excellence in our division which is a testament to the hard work of our team and solid direction provided by our Commission, everyone should be proud of the large trophy.  Next year’s conference will be at Tulalip Resort October 26-28, and we have rooms already reserved.

The Association held a potato feed for the community last month bringing in a few hundred patrons of the District for a meal and information on fire prevention, the EMS levy and Wildfire Ready Neighbors.




Nathan Craig

Fire Chief