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VRFA Blotter: Fire Alarm Snitches on Patient Smoking in Hospital Bathroom


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 292 calls for service for the week of  May 31-June 6, 2022 (309 previous blotter). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 6, 6,354 calls for service. This is a 7.6% increase from 2021 (5,906).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

242 (83%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 5,417 up 6.4%, compared to 2021’s (5,090).


45 (15%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 16.6%, with 2022 having 828 calls and 2021 having 710.

5 (2%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up 2.8% with 109 calls in 2021 only having 106. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

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Calls for Service

  •  Fire: (Auburn) On Monday, May 30th at 1:38 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire behind a residence. On scene, crews found a gas grill had exploded as a result of a gas leak. The explosion caused minor damage to property. No injuries were reported.
  • Fire Alarm: (Auburn) On Tuesday, May 31st at 5:25 p.m., firefighters responded to a fire alarm at Multicare Auburn Hospital. Investigation revealed the alarm was caused by someone smoking in the bathroom. The alarm was reset without further issues.
    ($10 they had an oxygen tank.)



  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, June 1st at 12:23 p.m., firefighters responded to an elderly female experiencing a possible seizure. Firefighters evaluated and stabilized the patient before transporting her to a local hospital for further evaluation.


  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Pacific) On Thursday, June 2nd at 9:11 p.m., firefighters from the VRFA and South King Fire and Rescue responded to a two-vehicle accident with entrapment. Firefighters arrived to find one patient trapped inside a vehicle in a ditch. The patient was extricated using the “Jaws of life” and King County Medic One paramedics transported the patient to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. Firefighters found one additional patient with minor injuries and transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.


  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Friday, June 3rd at 6:50 p.m., firefighters with Pacific Police responded to an adult female that had overdosed. The patient was evaluated on scene and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
    (Friendly reminder that an overdose is not automatically illicit drugs.)


  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Saturday, June 4th at 6:24 p.m., firefighters responded to a male in distress. The male patient was wounded by a skil saw blade recoil. The male patient was evaluated, wound care provided, and packaged for rapid transport to a local emergency department for further care.
    (So we’re all clear, this is why I’m not allowed around powertools. I also no longer have oven privileges, but that’s a story for another day).
  • Vehicle Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, June 5th at 9:39 a.m., firefighters were called to the report of a passenger vehicle fire in a parking lot. Firefighters arrived to find flames from the engine compartment with no exposures. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire utilizing tank water.

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VRFA Fire Investigations

No investigations this week.



  • 6 Responses
  • 14 Referrals
  • 6 New Enrollments
  • 8 Enrollments Closed
  • 37 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 VRFA. Any notations included in parentheses should be considered opinion/commentary for entertainment purposes only.

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