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VRFA Blotter: December 14-20, 2020

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 257 calls for service for the week of December 14-20, 2020. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 12,730 calls.  This is a .01% decrease from 2019 (12,740calls).

Call Breakdown:

206 (80%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2020 so far are 9,402 (-0.7% compared to 2019’s 9,465).

4 (2%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 8.0%, with 2020 having 433 calls and 2019 having 401.

47(18%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is also up (0.7%), with 2020 currently at 2,895 calls compared to 2019’s 2,874. Other calls include water rescues, HazMat calls, and ladder requests.

COVID-19 Testing Site

Specially trained VRFA EMTs assisted the King County Health Department in COVID-19 testing drive-up and walk-up residents at the GSA facility. This site administered approximately 5,000 tests between December 14 and December 21, 2020. 14.5% were positive. This is a 3% decrease from last week.

The positivity rate of the C St SE testing site and the City of Auburn’s positivity rate (24.9% – a .06 reduction from last week) are two different things. The C St SE testing site does not impact the positivity rate of the City of Auburn.

Calls for Service:

  • Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Monday, December 14 at 4:40 p.m., firefighters responded to a woman
    complaining of a rapid heart rate. The firefighters evaluated the patient then requested additional
    assistance from King County Medic One paramedics. The paramedics continued the evaluation
    then transported the patient to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, December 15 at 4:01 p.m., firefighters assisted an adult male
    suffering from alcohol withdrawals. Firefighters assessed the patient then transported him to
    MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment.
  • Mutual Aid: (Bonney Lake) On Wednesday, December 16, at 1:09 p.m., VRFA firefighters were
    dispatched to assist East Pierce Fire with a motor vehicle accident with an occupant trapped.
    Personnel arrived on location and assisted East Pierce firefighters with trying to locate the driver
    who had fled on foot.
  • Shooting: (Auburn) On Thursday, December 17 at 8:52 p.m., VRFA firefighters and King County
    paramedics responded to the 300 block of T S.E. for a 20’s year-old male that had been shot.
    Firefighters and paramedics attempted life-saving measures to no avail. The patient was
    pronounced deceased at the scene. The scene was turned back over to Auburn Police for
    investigation.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Friday, December 18 at 10:52 a.m., firefighters responded with Medics to an
    adult male who sustained serious injuries after becoming entangled in a large truck driveline. The
    patent was treated and transported to Harborview Medical Center by Medics.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Saturday, December 19 at 10:05 p.m., VRFA firefighters and King County
    Medic One Paramedics responded to assist an adult male that had been struck by a bullet during
    a drive-by shooting. VRFA personnel treated the patient and Medic One personnel transported
    the patient to Harborview Medical Center for further care.

Fire Investigations:

  • On Thursday, December 17, an incendiary fire occurred in the 2500 block of I St NE in the City
    of Auburn. The fire was quickly extinguished with no structural involvement. The case remains
    an open active joint investigation with Auburn Police. Dollar loss is estimated at $1,000.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 12 responses
  • 17 referrals
  • 10 new enrollments
  • 9 enrollments closed
  • 52 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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