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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Assist Man with Chainsaw Injury

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 284 calls for service for the week of March 29-April 4, 2021.

Call Breakdown:

218 (77%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 2,417 (up 2.1%, compared to 2020’s 2,368).

6 (2%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 58.8%, with 2021 having 81 calls and 2020 having 51.

60 (21%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is down (-7.3%), with 2021 currently at 684 calls compared to 2020’s 738. 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 Complex. We do not have data for this week from the testing site.

The positivity rate of the C St SW testing site and the City of Auburn’s positivity rate are two different things. The C St SW testing site does not impact the positivity rate of the City of Auburn.

The City of Auburn’s positivity rate* for the past 14 days is 11.5%, a 1.1%  decrease since last week’s (March 22-28) 14-day positivity rate check (12.6%). Auburn’s current overall positivity rate is 10.3% of all tests (down .01% from last week).

Specially Trained VRFA EMTs assisted the King County Health Department in administering COVID-19 vaccines at the GSA Complex. The location is now both a COVID-19 testing location and one of two South King County mass COVID-19 vaccine locations.

The Auburn COVID-19 vaccine location has moved to the Outlet Collection! Please note – vaccines are available by appointment only.

a racoon with its paws in a basin of water. The meme advises to always wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

Calls For Service

  • Aid Call: On Monday, March 29 at 08:06 p.m., firefighters responded to a female complaining of
    injuries from a dog bite. The patient was evaluated and went by private vehicle to a local hospital.
  •  Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Monday, March 29 at 6:44 p.m., firefighters were dispatched
    to a 2-car motor vehicle accident. Two of the occupants involved sustained minor injuries.
    Firefighters evaluated the patients and they declined to be transported. The scene was turned over
    to Auburn Police.
  • Chainsaw Accident: (Auburn) On Tuesday, March 30 at 2:15 p.m., a car pulled onto the fire drill
    ground while firefighters were training. An adult male passenger in the car complained of leg pain
    related to an accident at his home involving a chainsaw. He had applied a tourniquet at home.
    Firefighters assessed his injury, removed the tourniquet, cleaned his wounds, and applied a
    pressure dressing. He was transported to a local hospital by privately owned vehicle.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: On Tuesday, March 30 at 9:02 p.m., VRFA units were called to investigate
    a vehicle crashed into a mobile home. VRFA units arrived to find a vehicle had lost control and
    drove through a fence from a parking lot into the back of a mobile home. The driver was uninjured
    and there was only minor damage to his vehicle. The fence and mobile home had moderate
    damage but the home was still stable on its foundation.
  •  CPR: (Auburn) On Wednesday, March 31 at 5:40 p.m., firefighters responded to a male patient who was found unconscious and unresponsive. The patient was treated by firefighters and King
    County Medics. They were unable to revive the patient.
  • Vehicle Collision: (Lea Hill) On Friday, April 2 at 5:47 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a two car
    collision. The driver of one vehicle was turning into her driveway when the collision occurred.
    A female patient was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • MCI: (Kent) On Sunday, April 4 at 01:09 a.m. Battalion 331 responded mutual aid to assist with a
    mass casualty incident (MCI) caused from a vehicle that went into an apartment building. There
    were six patients in the vehicle with serious injuries. There were no injuries to people living in the
    apartment building.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Sunday, April 4 at 2:10 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    vehicle vs semi-truck on Auburn Way North with moderate collision damage. Three patients
    suffered minor injuries. Medic 6 conducted an evaluation of one of the patients. The three injured
    patients were transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by VRFA firefighters and Private
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, April 4 at 9:41 a.m., firefighters responded to an adult male
    hallucinating after an overdose. The patient was evaluated by firefighters and transported to
    MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance
A fire engine with its lights on is parked at an angle on the road responding to a car accident. In the forefront of the photo is a crumpled sedan.
Source: VRFA

Fire Investigations:

On Sunday, April 4, a commercial fire occurred in a multi-family residence in the 5900 block of
Panorama Dr. SE in the City of Auburn. The fire was determined to be accidental – a result of
mechanical failure of a refrigerator compressor. Damage was confined to room and contents
with no structural involvement. Dollar loss is estimated at $20,000.


  • 4 responses
  • 20 referrals
  • 5 patient enrollments
  • 5 enrollments closed
  • 63 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.

*This rate is as of this publication and is based on King County data only.

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