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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Assess Damage After Cars Drives into Building


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 276 calls for service for the week of February 14-20,2022 (prev week 306). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 2,188 calls for service. This is a 16.5% increase from 2021 (1,878).

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Calls for Service Breakdown:

228 (83%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 1,867 up 16.2%, compared to 2021’s (1,607).


40 (14%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 14.3%, with 2022 having 232 calls and 2021 having 203.

8 (3%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (34.4lls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Monday, February 14 at 10:25 a.m., firefighters assisted an adult male with
    altered mental status. Firefighters and King County Medic One assessed the patient and then
    had him transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance for further
  •  Service Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, February 15 at 5:06 p.m., firefighters responded to a car into
    a building. On arrival, firefighters found damage to the side of a residential building. The
    residential building was safe to inhabit but the occupant was notified that the building needed to
    be repaired by a licensed contractor.
  • Commercial Fire: (Auburn) On Wednesday, February 16 at 9:17 p.m., firefighters responded to an
    apartment fire a few blocks from station 32. On arrival, crews found that it was just a mattress on
    fire and it was extinguished by the occupant before it spread. There was no damage to the
    apartment and occupants were not displaced.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Thursday, February 17 at 5:20 p.m., firefighters responded
    to a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident at 8th St NE and I St NE. They arrived to find one vehicle on its side and the other with moderate damage. Firefighters assessed three patients. One patient was
    transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center with minor injuries.
  • CPR: (Auburn) On Thursday, February 17 at 12:20 p.m., firefighters and King County Medic One
    responded to an adult male who reportedly collapsed and was unresponsive after getting out of
    bed. Firefighters arrived to find the patient lying in his bedroom with no pulse and agonal
    respirations. Firefighters moved the patient outside and began CPR and delivered one shock
    before Paramedics arrived and began additional efforts to stabilize the patient. The patient was
    revived and transported to a local hospital by firefighters and paramedics for continued care.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, February 18 at 6:13 p.m., firefighters responded to a two-car
    motor vehicle accident. Four people were involved in the accident and two people suffered
    minor injuries. One patient was transported by the fire department to Multicare Auburn Medical
  • Minor Fire: (Pacific) On Saturday, February 19th at 2:05 p.m. firefighters responded to reports of a
    minor fire and the presence of smoke in a residential area. On arrival, E338 scanned the property
    only to find a homeowner burning brush. The homeowner was educated on burning procedures
    and he willfully extinguished the fire.
  • Outdoor Smoke Investigation: (Auburn) On Sunday, February 20 at 2:15 p.m., firefighters
    responded to a report of smoke seen in a wooded area on the side of the road. In the area,
    firefighters located a houseless camp with a smoldering fire inside the base and root system of a
    large tree. Firefighters used tools to clear debris from the base of the tree, and then applied a water
    foam mixture until the fire was extinguished.

Fire Investigations

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


  • 10 responses
  • 14 referrals
  • 1 new enrollment
  • 2 enrollments closed
  • 47 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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