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VRFA Blotter: All It Took Was A Little Lube

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The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 339 calls for service for the week of January 3-9, 2022. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 435 calls. This is a 37.2% increase from 2021 (317).

Call Breakdown:

301 (89%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 377 up 31.8%, compared to 2022’s (286).

34 (10%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 31.8%, with 2022 having 377 calls and 2021 having 286.

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4 (1%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (66.7%), with 2022 currently at 5 call compared to 2021’s 3. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Odor Investigation: (Auburn) On Monday, January 3 at 9:51 p.m., firefighters responded to an odor investigation in the 600 block of I Pl NE. They arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the chimney of a house behind the dispatched location. They made entry to the house and found the oil burning furnace was malfunctioning and carbon monoxide was present in the home. Firefighters shut down the furnace, used an electric fan to ventilate the home and completed air monitoring. The resident was advised to not use the furnace until it was serviced by a technician.
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  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, January 4 at 10:30 a.m., firefighters assisted an elderly female who slipped and fell on the ice. She sustained a laceration to her head. She was evaluated and transported to a local hospital by fire department aid car.
  • Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Tuesday, January 5 at 5:50 p.m., firefighters responded to a call from the Station 33 call box. An adult female came to the station because she couldn’t get a ring off her finger for the past 2 days. After unsuccessfully attempting to cut the ring with ring cutters, firefighters used ultrasound gel to slip the ring off of her finger.
    (pretty sure I owe Station 33 food for the headline inspiration…)
  • Service Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Thursday, January 6 at 6:31 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of water coming out of the ground in a backyard. The crews found several yards and one crawlspace flooded by water flowing downhill. The source of the water is under investigation.
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  • Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Friday, January 7 at 12:26 p.m., firefighters assisted an ill infant that was suffering from a high fever. Personnel treated the patient and a private ambulance transported him to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Saturday, January 8 at 12:46 p.m., firefighters responded to an elderly female complaining of a possible leg injury after a fall from standing. Firefighters evaluated the patient and suspected a possible leg fracture. The patient was packaged and transported to Good Samaritan hospital in Puyallup by private ambulance.
  • Car vs. Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Sunday, January 9 at 07:01 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female who had been struck by a pickup truck in a crosswalk near the Outlet Collection Mall. The patient was evaluated by firefighters then transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.

Fire Investigations

  • There were no new calls for service for the Fire Investigation Unit.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 11 responses
  • 18 referrals
  • 8 new enrollment
  • 1 enrollments closed
  • 46 total patients enrolled

The Community Assistance, Referrals, and Education Services (CARES) is a joint program between VRFA,  King County Emergency Medical Services division South King Fire & Rescue, Enumclaw, and Mountainview Fire and Rescue departments. Each CARES response vehicle is staffed 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. by one firefighter from each department and a social worker. The CARES unit is sent on less emergent calls in non-transport capable vehicles to provide basic patient evaluation, assistance, specific basic life support treatment on scene, and arrange for transport if medically necessary. CARES also referred patients to community services where needed.

The above information was provided by the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

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