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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Get Scrappy to Save Pup

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The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 322 calls for service for the week of June 21-27, 2022. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 7,268 calls for service. This is a 7.3% increase from 2021 (6,772).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

271 (84%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 6,176 up 6.0%, compared to 2021’s (5,828).

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39 (12%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 15.9%, with 2022 having 949 calls and 2021 having 819.

12 (4%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up 12.8% with 141 calls in 2021 only having 125. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

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Calls for Service

  • Aide Call:(Auburn) On Monday, June 20th at 9:19 a.m., firefighters responded to an elderly female exhibiting possible stroke like symptoms. Firefighters evaluated the patient and found a positive FAST exam. Firefighters transported the patient to a local hospital for further definitive care.

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  • Brush Fire:(Auburn) On Tuesday, June 21st at 5:56 p.m., firefighters responded to a smoke investigation. On arrival, they found a large pile of brush on the Miles Sand and Gravel property on fire. VRFA fire units set up for deck a gun evolution. Firefighters put the fire out and soaked down the entire pile to ensure that it would not restart.
  • Aid Call:(Lea Hill) On Wednesday, June 22nd at 9:14 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to an elderly man feeling as though he was paralyzed. Firefighters arrived to find the man in stable condition. After an evaluation, it seemed that the patient was having difficulty with his coordination and balance. Firefighters contacted family and the patient was taken to a local hospital by private ambulance.
  • Aid Call:(Auburn) On Thursday, June 23rd at 1:22 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male bleeding from the head after a fall. The patient was examined by firefighters and King County Medics. He was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • Fire Alarm:(Auburn) On Friday, June 24th at 9:58 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire alarm caused by someone lighting a mortar in the boy’s bathroom at a high school. The crew worked with maintenance to remove the smoke. The fire investigator arrived and worked with APD to complete the investigation.
  • Motorcycle Collision:(Pacific) On Saturday, June 25th at 9:50 a.m., firefighters & King County medics responded to a collision involving a motorcycle. The rider was treated at the scene by firefighters and medics at the scene for multiple injuries, then transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center.
  • Water Rescue:(Renton) On Sunday, June 26th at 5:01 p.m., firefighters responded with other partnering agencies to a river rescue on the Cedar River. All missing persons were located and assisted back to safety.
  • Animal Rescue: (Auburn) On Sunday, June 26th at 5:22 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a dog possibly trapped at the bottom of a steep ravine. Firefighters utilized a chicken leg from their station dinner to convince the dog to attempt to walk up the hill. The plan worked and the uninjured dog was reunited with its owner.

VRFA Fire Investigations

No investigations this week.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 3 Responses
  • 16 Referrals
  • 6 New Enrollments
  • 9 Enrollments Closed
  • 38 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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