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:           April 2, 2024


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.



Starting April, our total on-call Members is 79, 62 operations, and 11 support.  We have 5 on leave and 1 on medical.  Our total number of personnel is 90.


In March there were a total of 79 alarms in our District, 64 we responded to, 14 ambulance only calls and 1 YFD covered.

Incidents:                                                 YTD                   Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone               

Station 51                   9                     23                                21                    54 (28%)

Station 52                   17                   41                                26                    73 (38%)

Station 53                   8                    30                                12                    47 (25%)

Station 54                   4                     13                                5                       17  (9%)

Station 50                   26                        84                                                          191

Yakima                        1                     5

Ambulance Only         14 (2 Lift)        38

Total                                                234


Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                                                YTD

            Fire                              9                      3 bldg (1 MA), 1 chimney, 3 brush                    17

            EMS                             60                    46 EMS, 7 MVC, 5 AMA, 1 lock-in, 1 asst         184

            Hazardous Condition       3                      1 CO, 2 Elect                                                7

            Service Call                 3                      3 Lift (2amb)                                                 12

            Good Intent                2                      Outdoor Burning                                             4

            False Alarm                 2                      AFA                                                               10



Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                                                YTD

            Canceled enroute       4                      2 EMS, 2 AMA                                                 20

            Extinguishment          9                      3 Bldg (1MA), 1 Chimney, 5 Brush                    12

            Provide BLS                 50                                                                                       160

            Assist Invalid               3                                                                                          13

            Investigate                  9                      2 AFA, 2 MVC, 2 AMA, 2 Outdoor Burning, 1 Elect                24

            Other                          4                      ID Hzrd, manpower, equipment, traffic             5


Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                                    

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                0

From Yakima               1                                  To Yakima                   0

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                   5                                              YTD                 6         


Mutual Aid Received             0                                  Mutual Aid Given       1

            YTD                           0                                              YTD                 1         


We had $463k in losses from two incidents, one kitchen fire with extension caused $200k in losses to a $450k home, the other was a total loss of a home and contents $263k.  Additionally of the brush fires two fires were 2 acres each for a total of 4 acres burned in March.


Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after) Qualifying Alarms: 58mo, 159yr, Target met: mo. 43 (75%) yr. 111 (70%), Target not met: mo. 15 (25%) yr. 48 (30%).

Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

March Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, OTEP Workshop A – (Stroke, Seizures, and Anaphylaxis), Drafting, Brush Truck Review / Fire Shelter Video & Throw, and a Truck 51 Training night.

Developed the April Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / 2nd Quarter SCBA Quarterly, OTEP Module 2 – (Head, Face, Neck & Spine Injuries), Wildland Pumps, Hoses & Porta Tanks, Annual Wildland Refresher.

Update on current Recruit class….  The Wildland Training concluded on March 28th.  A Field Day is scheduled for May 18th, it will be held at Yakima County Fire District 5 Sawyer Station #7 with Selah Fire, East Valley Fire, Dist #5 and us.  Lt Pfaff will co-lead this with Captain Munson from District #5.

On March 15th I conducted some Fire Extinguisher training for Yakima Tieton Irrigation at their weekly safety meeting.

On March 16th Firefighter Chris Payne assisted me with Driver / Operator Training for eight of our recruits from 2023.  All were issued an Operator Task Book and were encouraged to get it complete in a six-month timeframe, they were also encouraged to utilize the Day Crew to get driving time and reps.

Recruitment / Retention: By DC Jim Johnston

Mid-April we will start advertising our application process for the Fall Recruit Academy.  Depending on the application numbers it might be more beneficial to go back to a once a year hiring process, time will tell on this. 

I will be reaching out to Jed Watters from the West Valley Innovation Center to schedule a time to visit the school and talk to students about the Cadet Program.  Officer Boisselle and I have a night scheduled in May to have a Question-and-Answer session with potential Cadets and their parents.  This is currently scheduled for May 6th @ 18:00 at Station 51.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: By Officer Boisselle

In March Cpt Haubrich conducted a preschool visit to Wesley Preschool.

We have Edith House, WV FFA Farm Day, station tours and our yard clean up emphasis at Station 54 all coming up in April.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The final Lid Lift Resolution is on the agenda for approval tonight.


The specification for refurbishment of Tender 52 is advertised with bids due April 23rd.  We put in service 3 new defibrillators and progress continues with Brush 52, the truck is being fitted with the bed and compartment boxes.

This month we have budgeted for new aid bags, couplings, EMS equipment and tablets.

Strategic Plan:


We are finalizing the citizen survey to be live when newsletters go out this month.  Starting a new quarter we have new action items: criteria-based EMS response, training apps, lid lift, Station 54 bay, heavy equipment contracts, continue uploading data into Image Trend, wildland fuel reduction, sawyer certification, training on special emergencies and planning for the next update.




We submitted four grants this past month: Canned drinking water, AFG SAFER hiring, AFG SAFER Recruitment & Retention and AFG Fire Prevention/


Good of the Order:


The Association hosted a successful egg hunt on March 30th. 

Our blood drive last month brought in 29 units of blood for the Red Cross. 

I attended the Northwest Leadership Seminar last month in Portland.  It was a good program that I have been able to bring back information from for our Officer Development training.



Nathan Craig

Fire Chief