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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Handle Tree That Had Been Listening to Too Much Incubus


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 292 calls for service for the week of  May 9-15, 2022 (267 previous blotter). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 5,471 calls for service. This is an 7.8% increase from 2021 (5,075).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

249 (85%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 4,658, up 6.2%, compared to 2021’s (4,385).


37 (13%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 18.8%, with 2022 having 715 calls and 2021 having 602.

6 (2%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up (11.4%) with 98 calls in 2021 only having 88. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

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Calls for Service

  • Transient Camp Fire: (Pacific) On Monday, May 9th at 4:22 p.m., firefighters responded to a smoke investigation on the White River north of Stewart Rd SE. They arrived to find two separate fires near the campsite – one measuring 20×30, the other 10×10. Firefighters extinguished the fires. There were no individuals in the area at the time of their arrival. The fire is under investigation.
  • Aid Call: On Tuesday, May 10th at 1:38 p.m., firefighters responded to an elementary aged child who had swallowed a button battery. The patient was evaluated at the scene and then transported by private ambulance to Children’s Hospital of Seattle.
    (This story will be repeated for the rest of ya life. Guarantee photos will be a part of a life event slide show.)
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Wednesday, May 11th at 9:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a young girl that got her head stuck in between the arms of a chair. After several attempts to get her out, family called 911. Firefighters were able to dissemble the chair and free the girl’s head. The patient was not injured and very happy to no longer be trapped.
    (This story will be repeated for the rest of ya life. Guarantee photos will be a part of a life event slide show. At least it’s not a button battery?)
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: On Thursday, May 12th at 8:18 a.m., firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus. On arrival, firefighters evaluated all occupants and determined that there were no injuries. Scene was left with Auburn PD and Auburn School officials.
  • Customer Service: (Auburn) On Friday, May 13th, at approximately 2 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female who walked into station 31 complaining of nausea and dizziness from not being able to eat. Prior to the patient entering the station, she accidentally locked her keys in her car. While A331 gave some food and juice to the patient, L331 firefighters made entry into her vehicle and retrieved her keys. The patient was then feeling well enough to drive herself home.
  • Tree Fire: (Auburn) On Saturday, May 14th at 5:50 p.m., firefighters responded to a tree fire near a public trail. Firefighters found a deep seated fire at the base of a tree. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.
    (Pardon me, but #IYKYK)
  • Vehicle Fire: (Auburn) On Sunday, May 15th at 6:04 p.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on SE Auburn Black Diamond Rd. Firefighters arrived to find an uninvolved RV on the shoulder of the road. E332 made contact with the driver who showed E332 a camping cook stove that had malfunctioned inside his RV. The driver had moved the cook stove to the roadway. Firefighters moved the cook stove to a safe location on the shoulder and applied water to verify that it was fully extinguished.

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VRFA Fire Investigations

  • There were no fire investigations this week.


  • 6 Responses
  • 12 Referrals
  • 6 New Enrollments
  • 3 Enrollments Closed
  • 36 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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