​​​Town of New Llano

Chief Yates is a 26 year veteran of the fire service with his career starting in 1990 with  the San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 128 in Forest Falls California. From there he moved on to work with the California Department of Forestry, the Kings County Fire Department in California, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of the Army.

Chief Yates has nearly 10 years of experience at the rank of Fire Chief serving from 2007-2013 as Fire Chief for the Town of New Llano Louisiana. Then from 2013 to 2016 as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for Hopkins County Texas. Only to find his way home and return once again in 2016  to the Town of New Llano as our Fire Chief. He is very knowledgeable and one of the foremost leaders in all matters concerning Insurance Ratings through PIAL/ISO, during his career he has had the opportunity to be a part of 6 different insurance grading’s and was instrumental in helping the Town of New Llano drop from a Class 7 to a Class 5 in 2008.  

Chief Yates has been married to Tara-Lyn the Mother of his two children Brandon and Triston for 19 years. Tara also selflessly serves the Vernon Parish Community as a Surgical Technologist at one of our local medical facilities. The Yates Family are long time members and attend Canaan Baptist Church in the Caney Community here in Vernon Parish.

​Fire Department

“Often Imitated , But Never Duplicated”"

​​​​Fire Chief T. Kevin Yates

Word from the Chief

​"There are no words to express the great joy I have for being able to once again return home to serve as your Fire Chief. My wife and myself are overjoyed to be able once again to call Vernon Parish Louisiana our home, the years away taught us that there is in fact many great communities across the world, but that there is only room in your heart for one place to call home.

​I am pleased to be back and  I am amazed at the success and growth of New Llano as a Town. I will as always strive to make the New Llano Fire Department the very best that we can be. Through hard work, dedication and loyalty to our City and Parish community we will continue to grow the department into the future."

​                                           T. Kevin Yates


  • Fire Officer II
  • Fire Officer I
  • Incident Safety Officer
  • Fire Investigator
  • Fire Service Instructor II
  • ​Fire Service Instructor I
  • Driver Operator/Pumper
  • ​Airport Firefighter
  • ​Firefighter II
  • Firefighter I
  • ​S-130/190 Wildland Firefighter
  • ​Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • ​Louisiana Animal Control Training Course and Chemical Capture
  • Incident Command System 800
  • Incident Command System 700
  • Incident Command System 400
  • Incident Command System 300
  • Incident Command  System 200
  • ​Incident Command System 100