West Valley Firefighters

Quarterly Newsletter

1st Quarter of 2012


Chief's Monthly Report

Chief's Monthly Report

Fire Department

Monthly Progress Report

West Valley Fire Department

Yakima County Fire District 12

For the Meeting of December 8th, 2020

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           December 4, 2020

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.


FF Natalie Rivera has returned from leave, FF Kasey Robbins has been granted leave and FF Derrik Waggoner resigned this past month following his leave of absence.

Starting December, we have 90 on call members, 65 in service for operations, 13 support, 3 medical leave, 1 light duty and 8 on leave of absence.  Our total number of personnel is 100. 

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The Yakima County Commissioners have certified our levy budget request for 2021 of $1,715,000 this will be on their December 15th agenda for approval.


In November there were a total of 64 incidents of which 58 were responded to by our personnel. 

Incidents:                                        YTD                                                    

Station 51                   9                     116

Station 52                   14                   182     

Station 53                   6                    82

Station 54                   5                     55

Station 50                   24                   330        (Nov = Zone 51-6, 52-8, 53-4, 54-6)

Yakima                        0                     6

Ambulance Only         6                     75

Total                                                     846


Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                              YTD

Fire                              5                      4 building, 1 brush                                      85 EMS                             51                    45 EMS, 5 MVC, 1 Lock-in                   591 Hazardous Condition 1                      1 powerline down                                     31 Service Call                 4                      4 assist invalid                                            35 Good Intent                1                      1 outdoor burn                                              56

False Alarm                 2    1 auto fire alarm, 1 smoke detector                                      30


Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                         YTD

Canceled enroute       2      1 Auto Fire Alarm,  1 AAid building                      70

Extinguishment          3     1 Building, 1 Brush, 1 Outdoor Burn                                   74

Provide BLS                 41                                                                        507

Assist Invalid               4                                                                                      32

Investigate        12             1 outdoor burn, 7 EMS, 1 elect, 2 mvc, 1 AA building                         151

Other                  2          Restore Smoke Detector, Restore Fire Alarm                          12

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                                    

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                0

From Yakima               1                                  To Yakima                   2

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 6                                              YTD                 29       

Mutual Aid Received             0                                  Mutual Aid Given       0

            YTD                             1                                              YTD                 15       

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after)                        Qualifying Alarms: 43mo, 542yr, Target met: mo 22 (51%) yr 378 (70%), Target not met: mo 21 (49%) yr 164 (30%)

Losses: One outbuilding fire resulted in a $2,100 loss and one wildland fire accounted for one acre burned.

We had an EMS response to a large H2A structure built out in an orchard with no address, due to no address and a language barrier we had a 41-minute response time for us or the ambulance to find the patient.  This is an inherent problem with H2A housing as the permits are not provided through the county, so no address is given to the building and a different set of codes are followed. We have brought this issue up at Legislature before, in this case Captain Johnston has been in contact with the state on improving the H2A system for life safety.

Strategic Plan:

The 2021 Action Plan is being finalized as well as reviewing the 2020 plan to ensure we completed all tasks or moved them to 2021.


All the block work is complete on Station 51 as well as the mechanical all roughed in.  Windows, insulation, fire sprinklers, roofing and exterior metal are all scheduled over the next couple of weeks. There have been a few delays due to sub-contractors having employees out for Covid-19 quarantine.

With the Toppenish aerial more than likely not being available for several years I have been reviewing options for an elevated master stream. At this time it appears we can find a used apparatus for less than it would cost to add a snorkel to a new engine.  Our need is for an elevated water stream rather than a ladder for rescue, with that in mind I have built some parameters of what we are looking for, specifically a single rear axle, 50-75’ snorkel or telsquirt with less than 50,000 miles.  There are several companies that specialize in selling used apparatus that I check occasionally as well as the classifieds on the state websites. When I find one that meets our needs, I will bring it to the Board for discussion.

US Cellular has ordered a survey for our tower site. I also inquired with them the ability for us to use a portion of the tower for the county wide radio system and put them in touch with the radio techs to discuss what the needs might be and how we could use it.

Department Training and Safety: By Captain Jim Johnston

November Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill / EMT Protocol Test, HazMat Refresher, MCO (cancelled due to COVID). 

Developed the December Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / Igel Training, Extrication Tools (51 & 53), Size-Up (52 & 54 Non EMT’s), and Pride & Ownership.

In November we concluded the 2020 Recruit Class with a final class on the 21st (EVIP).  The Adult Mental Health First Aid class was cancelled due to COVID.  Graduation will be on December 9th which will be limited to the Recruits and a maximum of 2 of their immediate family members.

We cancelled drill on November 18th due to COVID numbers being on the rise, however we originally had planned for flu shots that night in conjunction with drill, we kept the shots on the schedule.  Approximately 20 Members got their flu shot that night.

On November 19th I was honored to assist East Valley Fire conduct their assessment center for hiring a new Firefighter.


We were notified by the Department of Natural Resources that we were not selected this year to receive a surplus wildland engine.


The radio upgrade committee continues to meet on Zoom. YSO has taken the lead on development of the ILA and is pressing to have a draft available by the end of the year for review.

Yakima County Codes has given us a deadline of May 15th to replant shrubs at Station 53. I am still waiting to schedule a time to discuss the issue with our attorney Jon Sitkin.

I have started discussion with District 5 regarding contracted dispatching. One of the biggest concerns we have right now is the Upper Valley radio system, we have several issues with the system now that are a struggle to get resolved. The Commissioners committee really needs to set a meeting to develop a plan to address issues with the system as well as updates.

Good of the Order:

I have been selected to serve as President of the Yakima County Fire Chiefs Association for 2021-2022.

The Firefighters Association has decorated the training engine again this year and is entered in the few parades that are scheduled as well as visiting neighborhoods throughout the District.


Nathan Craig

Fire Chief