Every day the 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers who work at the SunComm operations center in

Yakima make sure victims of accidents, fires, crime, and other emergencies get help quickly by

getting first responders on scene as soon as possible. This Thursday, the SunComm staff will

be taking a slightly different approach to providing assistance by staging a barbecue and bake

sale fundraiser to benefit victims of the Taylor Bridge wildfire as well as the emergency services

personnel that have been working on the fire.

The fundraiser will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 23rd in the training

room of the Yakima Police Department Special Operations building (207 South 3rd Street),

which is located across the street from the Zais Law & Justice Center. Hamburgers, hotdogs,

chips, and salads will be served all day. A wide variety of baked goods will also be for sale.

All of the proceeds generated from the event will be given to the Yakima Valley Chapter of the

American Red Cross. In addition to helping people who had to evacuate their homes due to the

Taylor Bridge fire, the Red Cross has provided critical support to emergency services personnel

on scene.

The wildfire started on Monday, August 13th and has since burned more than 23,000 acres in

Kittitas County. More than 1000 firefighters and other emergency services personnel have

worked on the Taylor Bridge fire over the past week.