YFD perfect in ‘surprise’ state inspection

No citations from state health department after unannounced visit

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Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon firefighters passed a recent “surprise” inspection with flying colors.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Dec. 3, 2021, showed up – unannounced – to inspect the Yukon Fire Department.

About 3-1/2 hours later, state health inspectors had found the YFD was in full compliance.

“They told us they very rarely leave a place without any citations,” Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said. “It’s very humbling to achieve something like this.”

Health department officials inspected a wide range of items – such as mandatory training documentation, policies, licenses, EMT and CPR certifications, vehicle maintenance records, medical equipment, expiration dates on all medications, maintenance records on defibrillators, and much more.

“It’s a very extensive report and inspection,” Vogt explained. “Our guys do a great job documenting everything and making sure they take care of their daily checks.”

This surprise inspection covered both YFD headquarters, 1000 E Main; and fire station two, 302 S 5th.

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MUCH MORE THAN EMERGENCY CALLS

The recent state health department inspection demonstrates the YFD’s proficiency in routine operations and procedures, officials said.

“We like responding to emergency calls and helping people, but there’s a lot more to it,” Chief Vogt noted. “We have to keep all our licenses, equipment, certifications, and training up-to-date.

“So, it’s nice to see we’re doing a good job on that. We’re staying prepared.”

Vice Mayor Rick Cacini congratulated Yukon Fire on the accomplishment.

“Earning a perfect score on this surprise inspection shows how things can be done,” Cacini said. “I always say our fire department is a number-one organization. They protect us and provide an invaluable service to our citizens.

“Not only do they respond when a fire alarm sounds, they also provide a free service by checking our smoke detectors. I’ve had many seniors at the Dale Robertson Center tell me that – thanks to the fire department – they learned their smoke detectors weren’t working, and the firefighters came out to fix them.”