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:           June 10, 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.



Two members have requested and been granted leave of absence this past month.

A Member from Station 53 who has been inactive for several months was sent a letter requesting resignation.

Starting June, our total on call Members is 72.  We have four on leave, 1 on light duty, 1 on medical leave and 11 for support leaving 55 operational on call Members.  Including our four firefighters (1 light duty), 4 Admin and 3 Commissioners our total personnel is 83.



The Wildfire Ready Neighbors press conference at Falcon Ridge was a successful event with the Commissioner of Public Lands on hand to speak about the program.  To date we have had 40 site visit requests in our District and continue to schedule them as we receive them.


A final decision has been made on the EMS levy for the November election, the levy will be run for 25 cents as it has been since 1990, however, instead of a 10-year term the request will be for 6 years requiring super majority to pass.


We hosted the annual Yakima County wildfire pre-season meeting last month with attendees from local, state and federal fire service to discuss expectations and possible challenges in the upcoming wildland season.


The consultants for the county wide radio project have settled on a recommendation for all users to utilize a trunked VHF system in the county and develop a 700/800 system inside the city limits.  There are still a few remaining questions to answer regarding frequencies and coverage, however, we are nearing the portion of the project where we need to locate funding.


With ERS being purchased by ESO, the County Chiefs Association has been setting up vendor demos as a group with all interested agencies, we reviewed two options last month and will look at another two this month to plan soon to allow time for data transfer.


Commissioner McKinney invited me to a meeting with her and County Planner Tommy Carroll to discuss the access issues for Falcon Ridge.  All parties are interested in developing an access point off North Cottonwood Rd and are looking into what it will take to allow us emergency access.


Recruitment and Retention: By DC Jim Johnston


We closed out the application deadline on May 31st for the next Recruit Class scheduled to start on August 1.  Physical testing and interviews took place on June 11th.  We received 13 applications for Firefighters, 7 Cadet applications, and 1 Support Services application.

Our member Retention Survey is live on Survey Monkey for all Members.

Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

May Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, OTEP Workshop B – Respiratory Emergencies, Water Supply & Hose Handling, Drafting.

Developed the June Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / PPE Inspection, Hose Testing, Tender Shuttle, SCBA Confidence, and District Circuit Drill.

The Safety and Training Committee met on May 4th for the 2nd Quarter meeting.

The Wildland Field Day that was scheduled for May 14th was cancelled due to weather issues; it is currently re-scheduled for June 18th. 

On May 17th and 24th our Duty Crew drilled with the City of Yakima Fire Department on Drafting and Live Fire scenarios. 

On May 20th the Fireblast Trailer prop was serviced by a technician from the factory where it was built. 

On May 27th Underwriters Laboratory performed testing on Truck 51.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The State Financial Report was submitted before the due date on May 25th.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: By Officer Boisselle Stop the bleed

On May 19th the District participated in AMR’s STOP THE BLEED program.  All stations were open to the public to come in and learn life saving bleed mitigation techniques, such as applying pressure and tourniquet use.  We also taught hands only CPR.  We had 21 participate at various stations.  We were also able to get three additional Citizen surveys completed.

On May 21st and 22nd we did EMT stand by at the Wiley City Rodeo with a crew of two each day.

The District will be participating in WV FFA’s Farm Day on June 8th which will be hosted in the lawn at Station 51.

We received a $500 bike helmet grant from WFC.  We were able to purchase 47 helmets in various styles.


Last month there were a total of 77 alarms in District, 70 we responded to and 7 ambulance only calls.

Incidents:                                                 YTD       Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone                       

Station 51                   11                   60                    23                      99 (30%)

Station 52                   14                   63                    28                     125 (38%)

Station 53                   7                    41                    14                      77 (23%)

Station 54                   3                     20                    5                        30   (9%)

Station 50                   35                   147                    

Yakima                        0                     2

Ambulance Only           7                     43

Total                                                 376


Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Fire                              2                     2 bldg                                                                                         23

            EMS                             56                   48 EMS, 6 MVC, 2 AMA                                                          246

            Hazardous Condition       1                    Haz Mat Chemical                                                                  13

            Service Call                 13                    13 assist invalid                                                                      32

            Good Intent                1                      Outdoor burning                                                                      9

            False Alarm                 4                      4 AFA                                                                                     11


Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Canceled enroute           7                      4 EMS, 2 AFA, 1 MVC                                                             24

            Extinguishment             3                      2 bldg, 1 outdoor burn                                                           24

            Provide BLS                 47                                                                                                                 245

            Assist Invalid               13                                                                                                                 37

            Investigate                  6                      2 AMA, 2 AFA, 1 EMS, 1 MVC                                                         35

            Other                          1                      Decontamination                                                                     9


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                   3                                              YTD                 6         


Mutual Aid Received             0                                  Mutual Aid Given       0

            YTD                            0                                              YTD               5         


Two incidents resulted in losses last month, the first was a shed fire that caused $5,500 in loss and the second was a fire on a back porch causing $300 in damage.  Both fires involved heat lamps used to warm animals.

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after) Qualifying Alarms: 48mo, 232yr, Target met: mo 38 (79%) yr 168 (72%), Target not met: mo 10 (21%) yr 64 (28%). 



The portable reader board at Station 52 has been replaced using the original sign from Admin, the sign is much nicer looking and matches what we have at the other stations.

TW Clark came in last month to look at the few warranty issues we have with the Station 51 addition and will follow up this month to complete the project.

We completed the transfer of our YTID water shares back from the property sold to Nob Hill Water.

The budgeted LED lights for the training center were completed last month, the new lights are brighter and energy efficient.

Air 50 has returned from its upgrade to an on-board air compressor, Cascade Fire attended drill to provide in-service training to our Members.



We submitted the County ARPA grant for generators at Stations 52, 53 and 54, the total project is $375k, of which we would match 10% of the total cost, grant selection will be in the fall.


We have requested information from the state on our ongoing Covid reimbursement to request funding for all covid related calls since our last request and determine if we can receive reimbursement for radios purchased for EMS through the program.


Good of the Order:


Last month I attended the Chiefs conference in Wenatchee, I attended courses in executive decision making, PTSD, fire chiefs survival guide, peer support, wildland issues, Commissioner of Public Lands Q&A and the FIIRE program.

Retired Commissioner George Glessner’s Memorial Service was held in our training center to honor his many years of service to the District and community.

The Association flea market was a successful fundraiser for the Association and parking was much better this year.




Nathan Craig

Fire Chief