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VRFA Blotter: Bystander Started CPR Makes a Difference


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 296 calls for service for the week of November 8-14, 2022 (last week 303). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 13,673 calls for service. This is a 4.1% increase from 2021 (13,130).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

235 (79%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 11,412, up 2.1%, compared to 2021’s (11,172).


51 (17%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 14.9%, with 2022 having 1,986 calls and 2021 having 1,729.

10 (3%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up 20.1 % with 275 calls in 2021 only having 229. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

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VRFA Calls for Service

  • CPR: (Auburn) On Monday, November 7 at 1:45 p.m., firefighters responded to a 30’s year old male overdosing on narcotics. Bystanders started CPR, and responding crews administered Narcan. The patient was stabilized and sent to MultiCare Auburn by private ambulance.
  • CPR: (Auburn) On Tuesday, November 8 at 5:26 p.m., firefighters responded to an unresponsive male. Firefighters arrived to find citizen CPR in progress. Firefighters assessed the patient and continued CPR with King County Medics. The patient regained a pulse and was transported by
    King County Medics to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment.
    (About those CPR classes…)
  • Motor Vehicle Collision: (167) On Wednesday, November 9th at 8:55 a.m., firefighters responded to an injury accident on Northbound 167 North of 15th St SW. Firefighters provided patient care to an injured occupant who was then transported to St. Francis Hospital by private ambulance.
  • Service Call: (Auburn) On Thursday, November 10 at 7:42 a.m., firefighters responded to a water leak in a residence. The water line to the residence was secured and E333 assisted with water removal.
  • Residential Fire: (Auburn) On Friday, November 11 at 4:13 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of smoke and flames from the roof of a residence. On scene, firefighters found heavy smoke and flames from the roof of a one-story single-family residence. Firefighters quickly applied water from the
    exterior of the structure to slow the growth of the fire before moving interior for extinguishment. The fire was confined to the attic, with moderate water damage to the rest of the structure. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital via M6 for evaluation. The cause
    of the fire is under investigation by the VRFA fire marshal’s office.
  • MVA: (Covington) On Saturday, November 12, at 12:06 a.m., firefighters from VRFA and Puget Sound RFA responded to a single vehicle off the roadway. Firefighters evaluated a single male occupant who was not injured. The male occupant was transported to SCORE by WSP.
  • Outdoor Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, November 13th at 9:23 a.m., firefighters responded to a reported fire in proximity to U Street SE and the river access. Firefighters arrived to find a large, puffing smoke column. It took several minutes to locate the fire in an encampment, which was set back
    deep in the brush and trees. Firefighters extinguished the fire and ensured containment.

VRFA Fire Investigations

On  Friday, November 11th, a fire occurred in a single-family residence in the 1400 block of  26th ST SE in the City of Auburn. The fire began exterior of the structure and extended into the attic space where it was extinguished. The fire remains under investigation. The dollar loss is estimated at $80,000.


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  • 14 previous cases
  • 7 new referrals
  • 5 new enrollment
  • 3 cases closed
  • 16 total patients enrolled

The Community Assistance, Referrals, and Education Services (CARES) program: each CARES response vehicle is staffed 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. by firefighters 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.


A one-week Initial Swift Water training course will be held for new members of the Swift Water team. This class will certify students as Swift Water Technicians.

The above information was provided by VRFA. Any notations included in parentheses should be considered opinion/commentary for entertainment purposes only.

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