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VRFA Blotter: Brush fire, overdose, car vs pedestrian & more


Here are 911 Calls for Service responded to by the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) from July 31 – Aug. 6, 2023:

Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Monday, July 31 at 6:34 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire in a vacant lot with no exposure. When firefighters arrived, they found a 20X40 quick-moving fire in tall grass with exposure to a nearby fence and row of arborvitae shrubs. The crew quickly pulled a hand line to extinguish the head of the fire to prevent exposure involvement before containing the remaining body of the fire and overhauling the area. After investigation the cause of the fire was undetermined.


Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 11:56 a.m., firefighters responded to an elderly female with kidney stones. The patient was treated by firefighters and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.

Overdose: (Auburn) On Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 6:46 p.m., firefighters responded to a male who was unconscious and not breathing in a bathroom at the mall. An Auburn Police Officer arrived first and determined the patient had a pulse but was not breathing. The police officer performed rescue breathing and administered Narcan to the patient. These were life-saving measures. VRFA firefighters arrived to find the patient conscious. He was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

Motor Vehicle Collision: (Auburn) On Thursday, Aug. 3 at 5:26 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a multiple-vehicle injury accident. On arrival, crews found 3 vehicles involved with moderate damage. Crews found a total of 5 patients involved, 4 stable and 1 requiring more extensive treatment. All patients were evaluated and treated as needed before two patients were taken to local hospitals by private ambulance and one was transported by family.

Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Friday, Aug. 4 at 5:45 p.m., firefighters provided care for an adult male who was choking on food. Firefighters successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver and transported the patient to Valley Medical Center ER.


Aid Call: (South Auburn) On Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5:09 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a toddler suffering an injury after falling from the bleachers onto concrete. Upon arrival, firefighters assessed the patient and placed the patient in a spinal splint specially designed for small children. The patient was further evaluated by King County Paramedics and transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital via Airlift Northwest.

Car vs Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 8:00 p.m., firefighters, King County Medic One, and Auburn police were dispatched to a reported adult male lying unconscious near the road with his hat in the street. Bystanders were saying that he had been hit by a car, but none of them witnessed it. Firefighters found the man unconscious. A quick exam revealed no injuries but did show signs of an opioid overdose. Narcan was given and the man regained consciousness. He denied injury, or drug use and declined transport to the hospital for observation. He was left at the scene with Auburn Police.

Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, Aug. 6 at 1:56 p.m., firefighters responded to a brush fire on Stuck River Dr. On arrival, fire crews quickly knocked down the active fire and then overhauled the area to confirm that the fire was completely extinguished.

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