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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Help Patient Who Fell and Couldn’t Get Up

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The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 291 calls for service for the week of  April 19-25, 2022 (prev blotter 271no blotter April 11-17). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 4,645 calls for service. This is an 9.6% increase from 2021 (4,237).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

256 (88%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 3,934, up 7.4%, compared to 2021’s (3,663).

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28 (108%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 25.3%, with 2022 having 625 calls and 2021 having 499.

7 (2%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up (14.7%) with 86 calls in 2021 only having 75. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

Congratulations to the 2021 VRFA Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year Nominees!

A VRFA graphic showing the 5 nominated Firefighters of the year for 2021
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A VRFA graphic showing the 5 nominated Fire Officers of the year for 2021
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Calls for Service

  • Hazardous Material: (Auburn) On Monday, April 18 at 3:50 p.m., firefighters and a hazardous materials unit responded to a local pharmacy where 13 adult occupants complained of respiratory irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Their symptoms quickly resolved upon leaving the store. Monitoring revealed an unidentified chemical in the air. All occupants declined evaluation.cardi b "thats suspicious, that's weird" meme
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Tuesday, April 19th at 08:46 a.m., firefighters responded to an adult male complaining of shortness of breath. The patient was evaluated on scene and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance. During the call the patient’s daughter missed her school bus and was quite disappointed. E338 transported the girl to ALPAC elementary with the father’s permission.
    (Now taking bets on this kiddo entering public service when they “grow up.”)

  •  Aid Call: (Algona) On Wednesday, April 20th at 4:45 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female requesting a lift assist after falling. The front door was locked, but firefighters gained access to the home through an open window. Firefighters assessed the patient and assisted her to a chair. The patient was uninjured and she was left her at home.
    (As someone with a fall-down-go-boom condition, falling can be scary, so it’s great to see the patient was uninjured!)

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  • MVA: (Auburn) On Thursday, April 21 at 7:58 a.m., firefighters responded to school bus verse pedestrian motor vehicle accident. The patient was deemed critical due to her extensive injuries.  Firefighters and paramedics worked to treat and package the patient for transport.  The patient was transported to Harborview Medical Center by King County paramedics.
  • Aid Call:  (Auburn) On Friday, April 22nd at 3:45 p.m., firefighters and King County Paramedics responded to a male child who was having cardiac issues.  The patient was examined and transported by medics to Children’s Hospital in Seattle.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m., an Auburn resident came to the front door of station 31 and asked if we do animal rescue. He explained that 3 baby ducks had fallen through the storm drain at The River Mobile Estates. B331 and L331 drove up to the development to investigate. Firefighters arrived and heard three ducklings caught in the storm drain. The crew removed two of the covers and used a wildland hose to spray water into one end of the piping. The three ducks came out the other end and were captured in a fishing net. They were let out near the edge of the pond and reunited with their mother. The residents were very grateful.
A VRFA firefighter holds 3 ducklings in their hand
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Fire Investigations

  • There were no fire investigations this week.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 7 Responses
  • 20 Referrals
  • 5 New Enrollments
  • 11 Enrollments Closed
  • 49 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.

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The above information was provided by the Valley Regional Fire Authority. Any notations included in parentheses should be considered opinion/commentary for entertainment purposes only.

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