West Valley Firefighters

Quarterly Newsletter

1st Quarter of 2012


Chief's Monthly Report

Chief's Monthly Report

West Valley Fire Department

Yakima County Fire District 12

For the Meeting of January 10th, 2023


Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           January 4, 2023


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.



We had no personnel changes in December.

Our annual Member evaluations are starting this month, new this year is a self-evaluation form each Member will complete prior to meeting with their Company Officer to review their evaluation with them.

Starting January, our total on call Members is 78, 63 operations and 12 support.  We have 1 on light duty, 1 on medical and 1 on leave.  Out total number of personnel is 89.



The ambulance RFP for the county has been awarded to AMR, I am unaware if an appeal has been filed by ALS, I would expect the contract to go in effect around July of this year.


In the past month I provided public comment at two County Commissioner meetings, once to encourage them to support funding Fire District ARPA grants and once to support moving ahead with the ambulance RFP on behalf of the County Chiefs Association.


In December there were a total of 91 alarms for our District, 85 we responded to, and 6 ambulance only BLS calls.

Incidents:                                                  YTD       Incidents by Zone       YTD Zone                       

Station 51                   15                   150                  22                      248 (29%)

Station 52                   20                   194                  39                     320 (37%)

Station 53                   11                  139                  19                      212 (25%)

Station 54                   3                     51                    5                        80   (9%)

Station 50                   36 (1Duty)      407                    

Yakima                        0                     4

Ambulance Only         6 (0Lift)           136

Total                                                1081


Incident Type:                        Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Fire                             4                     2 bldg (1MA), 1 furnace, 1 doghouse                                             78

            EMS                           80                    68 EMS, 11 MVC, 1 AMA                                                          769

            Hazardous Condition    1                     1 electrical                                                                              30

            Service Call                 3                     3 assist invalid                                                                        115

            Good Intent                2                     1 burn, 1 smoke (Duty)                                                            50

            False Alarm                 1                     1 AFA                                                                                     39


Action Taken:                         Month            Type                                                                                        YTD

            Canceled enroute           16                    13 EMS, 3 MVC                                                                      87

            Extinguishment              4                      3 BLDG (1MA), 1 Furnace                                                       72

            Provide BLS                  58                                                                                                                667

            Assist Invalid                 3                                                                                                                114

            Investigate                    9                      1 Smoke, 1 AFA, 1 Electrical, 1 AMA, 2 MVC, 1 Burn, 2 EMS     120

            Other                            1                      Manpower                                                                             19


Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                                    

From Highland            0                                  To Highland                  0

From Yakima               2                                  To Yakima                    0

From Gleed                 0                                  To BIA                         0

YTD                   6                                              YTD                 19       


Mutual Aid Received             0                                  Mutual Aid Given       1 (Dist 1)

            YTD                             1                                              YTD                 26       


Three fires in District resulted in $110,450 losses, the first was a $110k loss for fire in a house, a furnace fire resulted in $400 loss and a doghouse for $50 in loss.

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after) Qualifying Alarms: 63mo, 649yr, Target met: mo. 41 (65%) yr 434 (73%), Target not met: mo. 22 (35%) yr. 174 (27%). 

Recruitment and Retention:  By DC Jim Johnston


The 2022 Retention Plan for the year was finished. 

The Winter Recruit academy will start on February 1st with Orientation followed by Advanced First Aid.

Department Training and Safety: By DC Jim Johnston

December Drills included: Recruit Graduation, Equipment Check / Station Drill, Officer Choice, & Pride and Ownership.

Developed the January Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / Station Drill, SCBA Confidence / SCBA Quarterly, Equipment Scramble, & State of the Department.

The Safety Committee met on December 14th for the fourth quarter meeting.

Lieutenant Pfaff will be co-instructing a Wildland Saw Class in February.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

The Audit is complete, and we will be holding our Exit Conference on January 17th.  In our wrap up discussion the auditor did not note any areas of concern, so I am expecting a clean audit report.

Fire Prevention/Public Education: By Officer Boisselle

The first edition of the 2023 District newsletter will go out the end of January.

The Yakima Valley Fire & Injury Prevention Group is “re-structuring”.  This month will be the second meeting where priorities will be set, and a budget will be discussed.


Work at Station 54 to upgrade the kitchens and make the Community Center restroom ADA accessible continues, for about $1000 we were able to add a shower stall to the restroom to be used for Firefighter decontamination.

With the brush truck chassis on order, we have begun developing the specifications for the truck build. The overall design is based off Brush 54 since it was the last brush truck we built. 

January purchasing schedule is for BP cuff sets, upgrading the training center AV to wireless, converting vent saws to wildland saws and a snowplow mount for the surplus DNR brush truck we received a few years ago.  Additionally, the command vehicle scheduled for this year has been ordered.

Strategic Plan:


We have finalized the fourth quarter of 2022’s Action Plan, developed the 2023 Communications Plan and begun working on first quarter 2023 action items.  The plan has been posted on the District website and will be in our District Newsletter going out this month.




After requesting the County Commissioners fund Fire District ARPA projects there has been no movement on any ARPA funds, with a new Commissioner taking office priorities may change.


We were notified last month our AFG grant for radios will not be funded from FEMA.


We will receive $554 from the State Trauma Grant program this year.




Legislation we are currently watching are efforts to enact the volunteer pension enhancements that were approved in 2021, any constitutional amendments to increase the 101% levy rate to inflation rates, and state grants for fire/ems.  Once the legislature convenes and bills start dropping, we will develop a list of bills to watch and/or comment on.  The annual WFC/WFCA legislative day is February 17th.


Good of the Order:


Last month we held our fourth quarter Captain’s meeting, among many subjects discussed we talked about the future of the Firefighters Association, and all are working to see the Association continue and succeed.  The Association Board has sent a survey out to all Members for input on the future of the Association and possible changes to have more involvement.

During the December meeting I was re-elected President of the Yakima County Fire Chiefs Association for a second term.




Nathan Craig

Fire Chief