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VRFA Blotter: August 17-23, 2020


Below are just a few of the calls the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to for the week of August 17-23, 2020. VRFA firefighters responded to a total of 282 calls for service during this week. 212 were aid calls, 11 were fire calls, and 59 were categorized as other. Other calls include water rescues, HazMat calls, and ladder requests.

Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 8,273 calls. This is a 3.3% decrease from 2019 (8,554 calls). Total aid calls in 2020 so far are 6,147 (-3.4% compared to 2019’s 6,362). The number of fire calls is down by 12.4%, with 2020 having 262 calls and 2019 having 299. The number of other calls is also down (1.5%), with 2020 currently at 1,864 calls compared to 2019’s 1,893.

VRFA’s Station 31 (1101 D St NE, Auburn, WA 98002) is a drop off location for the Auburn Public School Foundation school supply drive. The VRFA Station will stop collecting on the 27th. ASD returns to school on September 19th.

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Donate school supplies at Station 31! | courtesy photo VRFA

One of VRFA’s Captain’s and firefighters are currently deployed to the Badger Lake Fire near Cheney in Spokane County. Four of VRFA’s firefighters have been deployed to the LNU Incident in Calistoga (in Napa County).

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15 Washington State Engines at the LNU Incident Command Post in Calistoga (in Napa County). | photo courtesy VRFA

911 Calls for Service

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Monday, August 17 at 8:15 p.m., firefighters assisted an elderly male that had been kicked in the head by a horse.  Firefighters assessed the patient then transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation.
  • High Angle Rope Rescue: (Enumclaw) On Tuesday, August 18, at 3:15 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of an adult female who had fallen down a steep embankment at the bottom of a cliff.  The patient had a broken wrist and was unable to walk up the steep path.  Puget Sound, Enumclaw, South King and Valley Regional Fire Departments set up a rope rescue system.  The patient was successfully lifted via a stokes basket and then transported to a local hospital by private ambulance.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, August 19 at 7:15 a.m., firefighters responded to a young male patient who was having seizures. The patient was evaluated by firefighters and then transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center via private ambulance.
  • MVA: (Lea Hill) On Thursday, August 20 at 10:20 a.m. firefighters responded to a 1 car rollover at The Pacific Raceway.  The patient was evaluated and treated by VRFA personnel then transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by a private ambulance for further evaluation and treatment.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Friday, August 21 at 4:46 p.m., Firefighters were called to assist WSP for an adult male with signs of drug overdose. The patient was evaluated and sent to a nearby hospital via a private ambulance.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Lea Hill) On Saturday, August 22 at 5:20 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male who suffered facial injuries after striking a deer with his vehicle along Westbound Hwy 18. The patient was treated at the scene and released.  The deer did not survive the accident.
  • Aircraft Standby: (Auburn) On Sunday, August 23 at 11:28 a.m., firefighters responded to an aircraft experiencing landing gear issues at the Auburn Airport. The pilot was forced to land without front landing gear. The pilot landed safely with no injuries and minimal damage to the aircraft.

    Fire Investigations:

    There were no calls for investigative services.

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

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