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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Assist Patient the Universe Punished for Exercising

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The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 309 calls for service for the week of  May 16-23, 2022 (282 previous blotter). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 6, 6,062 calls for service. This is an 8.2% increase from 2021 (5,604).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

270 (87%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 5,175 up 6.9%, compared to 2021’s (4,839).

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36 (12%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 17.6%, with 2022 having 783 calls and 2021 having 666.
(couldn’t take just one more, eh?)

3 (1%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up 5.1%) with 104 calls in 2021 only having 92. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

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Calls for Service

  • Bicycle Accident: (Lakeland Hills) On Monday, May 23 at 7:18 a.m., firefighters responded to a bicyclist that had crashed going down the hill. Personnel treated the patient for multiple abrasions and a private ambulance transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further care.
    (Anyone who even tries that hill is, well you’re insane, but that’s a topic for another discussion.)
  • Vehicle Accident: (Pacific) On Tuesday, May 24th at 8:46 a.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle that had gone off the roadway, into the landscaped area of a home. The resident reported that the driver was slumped over the wheel. Firefighters arrived to find the patient experiencing a diabetic emergency. They treated the patient at the scene, and arranged for a family member to pick him up.
  • Fire Alarm: (Lea Hill) On Wednesday, May 25th at 8:40 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire alarm activation at an apartment building. Firefighters discovered that an occupant’s smoke detector was faulty due to its age and there was no fire issue. Firefighters installed a new smoke detector for the resident.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Thursday May 26th at 2:28 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male complaining of weeping sores on his legs. Wound care was provided on scene. The patient was then transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Residential Fire: (Pacific) On Friday, May 27th at 8:22 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of smoke from an apartment. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the rear window of an apartment unit, and no one was home. Firefighters forced entry into the unit, and found burning food on the stove. They removed the burned food, and ventilated the unit. After making contact with the resident by phone, firefighters secured the apartment and waited for them to return home.
    (I have lost oven privileges because of something similar to this. Thankfully 911 didn’t not get involved, but man…that pizza no longer was a Tombstone, it needed one.)
  • Residential Fire: (Kent) On Sunday, May 29th at 12:43 a.m., firefighters were called to a report of a fire in a residence in the Lea Hill area. Crews from VRFA, Puget Sound Fire, Mountain View Fire, and South King Fire were dispatched on the incident. VRFA firefighters arrived first and found a small single story house with smoke showing from all sides and fire showing from the rear of the building. VRFA performed a quick hit on the rear of the house and then made entry into the structure to complete extinguishment. There was one resident and her dog home at the time of the incident. She stated that her fire alarm was sounding and her dog was barking which made her come out of her bedroom. She found black smoke in her hallway and both of them exited the structure safely. There were no reported injuries to citizens or fire personnel. The scene was turned over to a King County investigator.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, May 29th at 3:02 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female complaining of dizziness. The patient was evaluated at the scene and then transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

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VRFA Fire Investigations

  • On Wednesday, May 25th a fire occurred in an abandoned single-family residence in the 100 block of 49th ST NW in the City of Auburn. Defensive tactics were called and the building sustained heavy damage resulting in a total loss estimated at $75,000. The fire cause remains under investigation.
  • On Friday, May 27th, an Incendiary passenger vehicle fire occurred in the 1100 block of A ST NE in the City of Auburn. The vehicle was heavily damaged and is considered a total loss with a value of $3,000. The joint investigation with Auburn PD remains active

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 12 Responses
  • 14 Referrals
  • 3 New Enrollments
  • 3 Enrollments Closed
  • 31 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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