Yakima Fire Department Addressing Higher Response Times in 2013 - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Yakima Fire Department Addressing Higher Response Times in 2013

Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, WA.--The Yakima Fire Department's annual report is out, and it shows that firefighters are taking a little longer to respond to emergencies than they would like.

The goal is always to get there as quickly as possible. That's why the Yakima Fire Department is taking a good hard look at why their response times in 2013 were higher than the year before and below the target standard.

"We're trying to unbundle it best we can, and analyze every portion of it and see what we can realistically do about decreasing the amount of time it takes to get to those emergencies," said Captain Tom Schneider with the Yakima Fire Department.

According to the fire department's adopted standards, the first firefighter engine should get to a call in four minutes. In 2013, crews averaged a time of 4 minutes and 49 seconds.


The same applies to the department's EMS calls. The first Basic Life Support (BLS) unit should also arrive on scene in four minutes. Yakima firefighters averaged four minutes and 44 seconds last year.

Firefighters said they'll be looking at every aspect of how the department operates, including the newly implemented Criteria Based Dispatch Program. This program allows crews to not send a fire truck to every medical call. Depending on the situation, the city could just send an ambulance.

"Before we would just go on anything," said Captain Schneider. "If anyone picked up the phone for any reason and said there's a problem we'd just go, and that time is gone."

Firefighters said the goal for 2014 is to thoroughly look at response times and create a 5-year plan based on community needs.

The fire department said the city has allotted a lot more money for their training budget. Crews said they'll use these funds to look at new technologies and new methods based on the changing demographics of the community.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Yakima NewsYakima News TodayMore>>

  • Crews search for missing swimmer at Palouse Falls State Park

    Crews search for missing swimmer at Palouse Falls State Park

    Sunday, April 22 2018 2:37 AM EDT2018-04-22 06:37:01 GMT

    FRANKLIN COUNTY- A man is still missing after swimming in the Palouse Falls Saturday.  Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies said the call came in around 5:30 p.m. about a possible drowning. Three men in their early 20s had been swimming in the pool of water below the falls. The strong current swept the three men underwater, and only two resurfaced. Park Rangers, Franklin County She Riff's Office, Pasco Fire, Life Flight, and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue all responded.  Richlan...

    More >>

    FRANKLIN COUNTY- A man is still missing after swimming in the Palouse Falls Saturday.  Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies said the call came in around 5:30 p.m. about a possible drowning. Three men in their early 20s had been swimming in the pool of water below the falls. The strong current swept the three men underwater, and only two resurfaced. Park Rangers, Franklin County She Riff's Office, Pasco Fire, Life Flight, and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue all responded.  Richlan...

    More >>
  • Annual Boat Show at Columbia Point Marina

    Annual Boat Show at Columbia Point Marina

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:13 PM EDT2018-04-22 02:13:48 GMT
    With these temperatures outside, it is really starting to feel like summer. This means you might be getting the boat ready to take out on the water. In order to have fun in the sun, you'll want to make sure your boat is safe and your passengers will be too. Today we stopped by the 19th Annual Boat and RV show to get some tips from the Benton County Sheriffs and Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. They say you should take inventory of your boat to see if anything may have gotten lost ...More >>
    With these temperatures outside, it is really starting to feel like summer. This means you might be getting the boat ready to take out on the water. In order to have fun in the sun, you'll want to make sure your boat is safe and your passengers will be too. Today we stopped by the 19th Annual Boat and RV show to get some tips from the Benton County Sheriffs and Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. They say you should take inventory of your boat to see if anything may have gotten lost ...More >>
  • Annual Kid's Fishing Derby at Columbia Park

    Annual Kid's Fishing Derby at Columbia Park

    Saturday, April 21 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-04-22 01:48:58 GMT
    Kids got to reel in the fun while catching fish today at Columbia Park during this years kid's fishing derby.   The Fish and Wildlife Department dumped over 6,000 rainbow trout into the pond just a couple days ago. Today department employees said each participant was allowed to catch 3 fish to take home and do whatever they chose with it. Dominique is one of the many participants who was able to catch all three of his fish and says at first it took a second-- but he...More >>
    Kids got to reel in the fun while catching fish today at Columbia Park during this years kid's fishing derby.   The Fish and Wildlife Department dumped over 6,000 rainbow trout into the pond just a couple days ago. Today department employees said each participant was allowed to catch 3 fish to take home and do whatever they chose with it. Dominique is one of the many participants who was able to catch all three of his fish and says at first it took a second-- but he...More >>