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 March 12, 2019

Agenda Topic:            Department Monthly Progress Report

Prepared By:              Chief Nathan Craig

Date Prepared:           March 7, 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.


Station 51 Lieutenant Cameron Haubrich and Firefighter Brett Almon have returned from leave.  Support Members Mary Lou Sheen and Chelce Cannady have resigned.  Annual performance reviews for all members were due March 1st, I am in the process of reviewing them now.

Starting March, we have 95 volunteers, 80 in service for operations, 8 support, 6 on leave of absence and 1 medical leave.  Our total number of personnel is 105.


Engine 54 is still out of service for repairs, parts are being made in Austria.  The dryer at Station 52 was installed as well as the new toilets at Station 53.

This month, weather permitting we will purchase and install the parking curbs at Station 54 and purchase a few hand tools for Engine 53.

I am working with AMR to purchase our next generation of AED’s through their group purchasing agreement at a considerable discount.


In February there were a total of 64 incidents of which 57 were handled by our personnel.

Incidents:                                        YTD                                                    

Station 51                   9                    21

Station 52                   8                    19       

Station 53                   5                    6

Station 54                   3                    8

Station 50                   32                 58

Yakima                        7                  11

Ambulance Only         0                  10

2018 Total                                     133

Incident Type:       Month            Type                                                                    YTD

Fire                       6                      3 building, 1 oven, 1 chimney, 1 vehicle.              11 EMS                     50                    1 med alarm, 35 EMS, 11 MVC, 2 Other            100 Hazardous Condition 1                1 power line down                                                   1 Service Call         4                      4 assist invalid                                                         7 Good Intent          0                                                                                                       2 False Alarm         3                      1 fire alarm, 2 Dispatch errors                                10

Action Taken:         Month            Type                                                         YTD      Canceled enroute       4                 2 S-Fire, 2 Dispatch errors                              17      Extinguishment          2                1 Building, 1 Vehicle                                       3 Provide BLS             39                                                                                         82 Assist Invalid               4                                                                                        7 Investigate                  9             1 AA, 7 MVC, 1 EMS AA                                  15 Investigate fire out     2              1 Chimney, 1 Appliance                                     5 Other                          4              1 Assist ALS, 1 O2 Issue, 2 Traffic                   4

Automatic Aid Received (both agencies respond)    Automatic Aid Given                   From Highland            0                                  To Highland                0                      From Yakima               1                                  To Yakima                   3From Gleed                 0                                                                                                 YTD                 1                                              YTD                 7         

Mutual Aid Received     0                      Mutual Aid Given       1 (Naches Heights)    YTD                 0                                                  YTD                 1         

Response Times: (Target= within 1 mile of station 8 minutes or less, add 2 minutes every mile after)                        Qualifying Alarms: 38                       Target met: 26 (68.4%)            Target not met: 12 (31.5%) Zone 54= 4            **Record snow fall in the month of February had a negative effect on response times

Department Training and Safety: By Captain Jim Johnston

February Drills included: Equipment Check / SCBA Quarterly, OTEP Modules 1 & 2, Ladder Evolutions, and Building Const / Fire Protection Systems Review.

Developed the March Drill Schedule: Equipment Check / PPE Inspection, OTEP Workshop A, Live Fire in Burn Trailer, and Engine Company Evolutions.

The 2019 Recruit Class started on January 7th currently we have six new Recruits for West Valley, three from Gleed, and one from Highland.  At this point we have covered all the Essentials book and have started with practical training.  Unfortunately, with all the weather that we have encountered I am not very pleased with our skill sets.  Our live fire evolutions with the car and dumpster prop most likely will need to be re-scheduled until its safe with regards to snow and ice buildup.

At our February monthly Officers meeting I conducted a group discussion on the Pang Warehouse Fire that killed four Seattle Firefighters on January 5, 1995.

Fire Prevention / Public Education: By Captain Jim Johnston

Chief Craig was interviewed by Gustavo Olguin of KIMA TV on winter response conditions and educating the public as to when the right time is to call 911 when they see a vehicle wreck.  He encouraged the public to verify if the perceived incident truly is an emergency or not, which frees up our response to actual emergencies.


On February 19th the Yakima City Council approved moving forward with annexing several parcels along 96th Avenue north of Tieton Drive.

I attended a meeting of Fire Chiefs, County EMS and the County MPD last month to address private ambulance service in the County.  This directly relates to several objectives and strategies in our Strategic Plan.  An update to our system is necessary to improve care across the county.  This will be an on-going effort and probably not have resolution until 2020.

Firefighter Leif Pray assisted East Valley with their firefighter selection process this past week.

Recruitment & Retention:  By LT Chris Lyons

I touched base with the mentors, and they verified that all members at the stations are doing a good job of answering questions and making the new recruits feel welcomed. I have been reviewing member attendance requirements each month and looking for any sudden drops in calls and drills and will continue to do so. So far, we do not have any members that have had a sudden drop in numbers.

The Association has been planning fundraisers that will allow for some fantastic opportunities to start recruiting for the 2019 hiring process. In the month of February, we had several members of the community come to Admin and request applications, however I have not received any back. Using October 31st as the deadline a trend was noticed that many applicants that turned in applications before June had to opt out of the process once it started. I have found that we have more success with applications that are turned in closer to the deadline as the applicants are ready to make the time commitment and have the availability to attend recruit school.

Futures Program / Cadet Program:  By LT Chris Lyons

I took the opportunity in February to get as much practical time in as possible, with the weather that we have had it did take some imagination. We worked more in depth on Search & Rescue and have begun to add in communication with the Incident Commander.

The student’s communication within the companies is getting better each day and I couldn’t be happier with the progress that they are making. In conjunction with Search & Rescue, we have been using different methods to remove patients as well as switching members of the companies randomly is an effort to get them used to working with different groups of people.

I have replaced the Cadets as company officers and began to rotate different members of the company to that leadership role. This reminds the Cadets what it is to follow, as well as allows first-year students to see the stress of leading a company giving them more respect for the role and what it takes to be successful in that position. Once we have a break in the weather we will be focusing on the practical sides of Ventilation, Ladders and Hose Operations and putting all aspects of an emergency scene together.

Strategic Planning:

This month we continue to improve our mentor program, work on plans for the Station 51 expansion, review February activity levels of members, track mileage and type of incidents, develop specifications for an elevated master stream and start the process for our annual PPE purchase with an emphasis on providing spare sets.  All of these will be reported on at our workshop later this month.

Budget/Finance: By Officer Boisselle

I am still waiting for the DNR to get back to me on two fire payments from last year.  They acknowledge that they owe us the money, however, they are looking for backup documentation from the fire paperwork.  We should have this resolved by April 1st.


Our state EMS-Trauma grant should be deposited in our account this month.  We reviewed the available equipment on the DNR Phase I grant program and determined because of the $2500 limit the best use of our funds is to purchase the majority of the wildland helmets budgeted in 2019 through this program as well as additional PPE, head lamps and batteries. 

Lieutenant Lyons and I reviewed the SAFER grant and have chosen not to submit a grant based on the priorities of the grant being things we already have covered.


I have been in contact with Representatives Mosbrucker and Corry as well as Senator King regarding the volunteer pension improvement bill.  I am happy to say as of now the Senate version is in their Rules Committee while the House bill passed unanimously.  Friday in the Senate an amendment was added to allow Chaplains to join the pension system as well as let them buy back years dated back to 2000. This has not been vetted through any Association promoting the bill or the State Actuary to determine costs.  I contacted our legislators and voiced my concern that this amendment could potentially kill a good bill.  I will enclose the most recent updates to bills we are tracking in your packet.

Good of the Order:

The 158 RSVP’s for the 2018 Award’s Banquet is one of the largest I can recall in recent memory.  During the banquet we recognized the outstanding achievements of several members.  Firefighter Brett Hyde was named Firefighter of the Year, Lieutenant’s Chris Pedersen, Blake Scully and Cameron Haubrich were Co-EMS Providers of the Year, Kaimana Makalii was the Bulldog recipient and Leif Pray, Lindsey Christopher, Jake Hanses, David James, Mike Parish and Blake Scully receives honors for CPR code saves. 

The following members were recognized for their years of service to the District:

5 Years- Mike Parish, Chad Taylor, Craig Bunting, Jean Siebert, Brett Almon and Aaron Cockrum

10 Years- Rollin Caryl, Mat Weiler and Brett Hyde

15 Years- Travis Christopher, Mike Gohl, Jim Johnston, Josh Wellner and Scott Wellner

20 Years- Ross Long

25 Years- Chris Pedersen, Scott Murphy and Ray Thomas



Nathan Craig

Fire Chief