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Yakima Fire Department - Lateral

  • Contact Information

    Yakima Fire Department - Lateral
    401 N. Front Street
    Yakima, Washington 98902
    Phone: 509-575-6060
    Department Website

Agency Added: 04/08/2013 | Last updated: 10/01/2018

Community Information

Yakima is located in South Central Washington where the Naches and Yakima Rivers join. Yakima leads the way to the Cascade Mountains. It also opens up wonderful opportunities in the fruitful Yakima Valley.

The 300 days of sunshine and breathtaking sights beg those who experience it to take advantage of the wonderful outdoor activities. Included are camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snow boarding and boating to mention a few. For entertainment, Yakima also offers the turn-of-the-century Capitol Theatre, the Yakima Valley Museum, the Visitors and Convention Center, and the Central Washington State Fair.

The Yakima Valley is known for production of forest products, manufacturing aircraft parts and supplies; and machinery used in food product packaging. The main industry is agriculture that flourishes through producing and processing tree fruits, hops, mint, vegetables, livestock, dairy and wine. The extended growing season and rich soil provide the perfect conditions to produce grapes excellent for wine making. The Wine industry in the Yakima Valley has boomed in recent years, with international recognition of Yakima wines and vineyards.

The active participation of Yakima's citizens was recognized in 1994 when Yakima became an "All-America City". Community members and leaders are proud of their achievements and stand firm in the commitment to work together to keep Yakima a beautiful and thriving community.

Department Information

The Yakima Fire Department (YFD) is a full-service, all-hazard agency providing fire suppression, non-transport Basic Life Support EMS, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF), fire inspections as well as technician-level Technical Rescue and HazMat response capability.

YFD is made up of 103 members who serve a population of 93,986 residents from 5 strategically-located fire stations. In 2017 YFD responded to 9,690 calls for service. First-line equipment consists of 6 engines, 1 ladder truck, 1 command unit, 1 light-duty rescue, 1 medium-duty rescue, 1 rescue boat and 1 ARFF unit. These are augmented by reserve engines, an aerial platform, brush trucks and special-team Tech Rescue and HazMat units.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 92,000
  • County: Yakima

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Current State driver’s license required by time of test. Must be able to obtain a Washington State driver’s license by time of hire. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None    
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Will be carefully reviewed    
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Must pass physical examination    
EMT Certification Must be currently certified as an EMT in Washington State or must obtain reciprocity as Washington State Certified EMT within six months of employment. X  
Firefighter 1 Certification Yes X  
Prior FF Experience Required Must have a minimum of two years experience as a full-time, paid structural firefighter with a governmental agency within the last three years.

Must be a graduate of or be able to complete the Washington State Firefighter Academy.
Other This agency does not allow out of state testing.    
CPAT Must have completed a PST CPAT within 6 months of the written test.    
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant Once an applicant’s score is received from PST it will be placed on an eligibility list and it is valid for 1 year. Yakima FD will not consider any other score until that 1 year has passed and the score expires. At that time Yakima FD will consider the next available score from the applicant.”    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
PotentialDriving records will be carefully reviewed
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 1 year(s)
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 1 year(s)
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity
AutomaticIllegal opiate use
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
AutomaticAny use by injection of amphetamines/methamphetamine.
AutomaticUse of cocaine over fire times regardless of time frame
AutomaticUse of non-prescribed oral or injectable steroids over five sequences/cycles within the last 2 years.
AutomaticUse of marijuana or hashish over 15 times.
AutomaticUse of amphetamines/methamphetamines over five times.
AutomaticAny use of crack cocaine.
AutomaticAny use of free-based cocaine/paste.
AutomaticAny use of marijuana within the last year.
Potential*** Above are some automatic disqualifiers, however the list is not all inclusive. All previous drug history informatin will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine suitability.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
PotentialPrevious criminal convictions, illegal, immoral actions will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine suitability
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.
PotentialEmployment history will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticFailure to pay income tax or child support
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled by Civil Service "rule of three" with the top three candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Current Vacancies: 0

Salary Information

$22.69 - $30.76 Hourly
$4,959.65 - $6,723.62 Monthly

Benefit Information

The City of Yakima offers excellent benefit packages reflecting our commitment to attract and retain the highest quality employees. Our comprehensive and competitive benefit packages include medical/dental/life insurance; vision coverage; vacation/sick/bereavement/holiday pay; pension; as well as supplemental benefit options.