West Valley Firefighters

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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 October 8, 2019

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           October 3, 2019

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.


Support Member Melanie Eakin has resigned.

Starting October, we have 91 on call members, 75 in service for operations, 8 support, 1 medical leave and 7 on leave of absence.  Our total number of personnel is 101.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The 2016-2018 District audit is complete.  The topic is on the agenda and the report is attached for the Boards review.  We had one exit item suggestion regarding the review of overtime for full-time personnel.  This has already been addressed and resolved.

I have been working on the 2020 budget, which includes fixed costs and levy amounts.  This topic is on the agenda for review.

Department Training and Safety: By Captain Jim Johnston

September Drills included: Equipment Check / Station Drill, Annual Family BBQ, Multi Company Operations, & OTEP Modules 5 & 6 (Travis Alert Act & Penetrating Trauma)

Developed the October Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill / SCBA Quarterly, OTEP Workshop C (Travis Alert Act &Trauma), Districtwide Multi Company Operations @ Apple Valley Elem, Hose / Appliance Fundamentals, and Maps & Addressing / Officer Promotional Testing.

On September 4th we held the 3rd quarter Safety / Training Meeting for the Department.

On September 12th I attended a meeting with the West Valley School District along with representatives of the Yakima Fire Department to utilize Apple Valley and Summitview Elementary Schools to conduct training prior to them being demolished in December.  We were able to train in Apple Valley on September 18th and 25th, I received lots of positive comments from those sessions.  I plan to have several training events in Apple Valley while we have this opportunity.

We hosted a 12-hour leadership class on September 21st & 22nd called Beyond Hoses & Helmets.  We had 26 people attend the class – 19 from West Valley and seven from four other agencies. The class was mainly focused on Leadership, Recruitment, and Retention, a lot of the concepts discussed by the instructors are already in place with our agency.  

On September 28th the Yakima County Training Officers put on a Countywide Multi Company Operations Large Area Search drill hosted by Gleed Fire Department at the vacant Gleed Primary School.  The drill brought together units from Naches, Gleed, Selah, Yakima Training Center, District 5, East Valley, and West Valley.  The training was very positive.

We will be hosting an Instructor II class during the week of October 14th thru 18th.

I will be attending a six-day Safety Officer Class at the National Fire Academy October 27th thru November 1st. 

Fire Prevention / Public Education: By Captain Jim Johnston

On September 10th myself and the Day Crew along with the Yakima County Fire Marshal’s Office attended and observed a Fire Exit Drill at Apple Valley / Summitview Elementary schools at the Freshman Campus.  During and after the drill I took time to familiarize myself with the layout of the school.

On September 27th our Department manned the Fire Prevention Booth at the Central WA Fair, the group consisted of Amber Tupy, Jason Tupy, Shauna Hubbard, Carl Valmonte, Nick Dart and myself. 

Recruitment & Retention:  By LT Chris Lyons

I have continued to research ideas and work on the 2020 Recruitment plan. I have set dates for all the events leading into the 2020 hiring process and will make that information as well as the 2020 recruit school schedule available to all potential applicants. I have worked on the retention survey and will have that available as soon as I have it finalized.

Futures Program / Cadet Program:  By LT Chris Lyons

We are several weeks into the new school year and moving along very well. I have introduced the students to the 7th edition Essentials and I am very happy with the format of the new curriculum. We have made it through three chapters in less than a month and the students seem to be retaining the information very well. I have issued the students training gear as well as an SCBA mask and working to get them conditioned to wearing the PPE and learning how to control your breathing while in an SCBA. This year’s class appears to be very interested and have all taken an active role. We will continue following the schedule that I have in place and I will report all the progress throughout the school year.

Strategic Planning:

Action plan items we are working on in October include reviewing activity levels, incident mileage and types.  We have several group cohesion opportunities this month with the potato feed and Haunted Firehouse. 

Promotional testing begins this month and as we work through the budget, we continue to review the tax rate generated by our budget.


In September there were a total of 71 incidents of which 62 were handled by our personnel.

Incidents:                                        YTD                                                    

Station 51                   9                     113

Station 52                   16                   124     

Station 53                   13                  65

Station 54                   9                     39

Station 50                   15                   237

Yakima                        0                     19

Ambulance Only         9                     60

2019 Total                                          657

Incident Type:         Month            Type                                                            YTD

Fire   11          2 building, 3 brush, 1 car, 2 poles, 1 mobile, 2 other                       80

EMS                             49                    43 EMS, 6 MVC                                       437 Hazardous Condition 0                                                                                             7 Service Call                 2                      2 assist invalid                                            47 Good Intent                4                      2 controlled burn, 2 smoke                          46 False Alarm                 5                    2 fire alarm, 3 false                                      36 Severe Weather          0                                                                                            1

Action Taken:           Month            Type                                                           YTD     Canceled enroute       6                      3 EMS, 1 brush, 1 MVA                                 75 Extinguishment          7                      3 bldg, 2 brush, 1 vehicle, 1 other                  50 Provide BLS                 44                                                                                        386 Assist Invalid               2                                                                                            42 Investigate                  11           4 AA, 2 smoke, 2 cntrl brn, 2 poles, 1 other           72 Other                          1                      false alarm                                                      14

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                               

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                0

From Yakima               1                                  To Yakima                   1                        From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                 16                                            YTD                 30       

Mutual Aid Received             0            Mutual Aid Given       1 (Selah)                                    YTD                             2                                              YTD                        14       

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after)                        Qualifying Alarms: 55, Target met: mo 41 (74.5%) yr 263 (70%), Target not met: mo 14 (25.5%) yr 114 (30%)

Losses: $10,200 of $16,500 pre-incident value. (1 shed damage at brush fire and 1 mobile). 1 acre of brush.


This past month we had all the asphalt cracks at Stations 51, 53 and 54 sealed. Station 51’s front lot has reached the age to be considered for a complete sealing, I have requested a quote to possibly include in the 2020 budget. 

The fuel pump cover at Station 52 is underway and Engine 54 pump leaks have been resolved.


This past month the County Commissioners called a meeting with the EMS office and Fire Chiefs to discuss the ambulance RFP we have been working on.  The Commissioners had a lot of questions on the process and benefit to the citizens, Tony Miller will provide them with documentation to support the program. 


State public Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz would like to highlight the DNR surplus truck program and has chosen our Department and recent acquisition to do so.  Tentatively we have scheduled October 17th at 13:00 for her to do a media event at Station 51 with the truck we received, once I have a firm date, I will let the Board know so you may attend.

Good of the Order:

Staff evaluations have been completed which included reviewing our time use study results. 

The Association BBQ on September 11th was a success, it was good to share a meal with our members and their families. 

During the entire length of the Central WA Fair our training engine was on static display at the fairgrounds near the prevention booth providing exposure for our District.

For the third year running our Department was voted the “Best Fire Station” in the Yakima Herald-Republic’s Readers’ Choice Awards.


Nathan Craig

Fire Chief