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VRFA Blotter: Crews Rescue Passenger Trapped Under Car


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 331 calls for service for the week of August 9-15, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 9,150 calls.  This is a 15.3% increase from 2020 (7,934).

Call Breakdown:

242 (73%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 6,834 up 15.9%, compared to 2020’s (5,895).

17 (5%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 29.7%, with 2021 having 323 calls and 2020 having 249.


72 (22%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (10.5%), with 2021 currently at 1,993 calls compared to 2020’s 1,790. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • MVA: (Auburn) On Monday, August 9 at 10:20 a.m., firefighters responded to a single car accident
    into a power pole. On location firefighters found one vehicle with moderate mechanism and a
    severely damaged power pole still standing. Two patients were treated and transported to a local
    hospital by a VRFA Aid Unit and Tri-Med.
  • Car vs Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Monday August 9 at 10:22 VRFA firefighters and King County
    paramedics responded to 15th and A St. NE for a car vs pedestrian. Firefighters arrived to find a
    40’s year old female that had been hit while riding her bike across the street. The patient sustained
    serious injuries. The patient was treated and packaged at the scene then taken to Harborview
    Medical Center by paramedics.
  • Mutual Aid Wildfire: (Kitsap County) On Tuesday, August 10 at 8:20 a.m., firefighters responded to
    a mutual aid request for a 17 acre wildfire in Kitsap County. The crew worked with other regional
    resources to install a 4,000 foot hose-lay around the fire, control flare-ups, and mop up hot spots
    up to 10 feet in from the control line.
  • Passenger Vehicle Fire: (Auburn) On Thursday, August 12 at 9:01 a.m., firefighters responded to
    a two car MVA with one vehicle on fire. Firefighters arrived to find one vehicle off the roadway in
    the brush and one vehicle in the intersection fully engulfed in fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire
    with a hose line then overhauled the vehicle. Two patients were evaluated by A332 and no transport
    was required.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, August 13 at 4:51 p.m., firefighters responded to a 2 car
    accident with one passenger trapped partially under the vehicle. Crews used the hydraulic rescue
    tool to lift the car off the patient enough to pull him out. Patient was stabilized and transported to
    Harborview Medical Center by paramedics.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Saturday, August 14 at 1:45 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male
    who suffered multiple injuries from a fall. Firefighters and King County Medic One evaluated and
    treated the patient on scene. He was taken to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by paramedics.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male who
    suffered multiple injuries after being thrown from a horse during a horse race. Firefighters and
    paramedics treated the patient on scene. He was taken by private ambulance to Auburn MultiCare
    Medical Center for continued care.

Fire Investigations

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


  • 6 responses
  • 17 referrals
  • 5 new enrollments
  • 6 enrollments closed
  • 64 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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One Comment

  1. Sandi Hooper Sandi Hooper August 19, 2021

    Is there a cause of the fire in downtown auburn in july?

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