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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Rescue Couple Trapped in Elevator


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 269 calls for service for the week of November 22-28, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 13,783 calls. This is a 15.7% increase from 2020 (11,917).

Call Breakdown:

187 (70%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 10,205 up 16.3%, compared to 2020’s (8,775).

10 (4%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 16.0%, with 2021 having 470 calls and 2020 having 405.


72 (27%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (13.6%), with 2021 currently at 3,108 calls compared to 2020’s 2,737. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Car Vs Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Monday, November 22 at 1:57 p.m., firefighters responded to an
    elderly male who was struck by a minivan. The patient suffered a possible hip injury and was
    treated by firefighters and King County Medics. The patient was transported to MultiCare Auburn
    Medical Center by firefighters.
  • Service Call: (Lea Hill) On Monday, November 22 at 3:18 p.m. firefighters responded to a female
    stuck in a tree. The female was extricated from the tree by VRFA personnel with no injuries.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, November 23 at 4:52 p.m., firefighters responded to a young
    child that was injured from a fall. The patient was treated at the scene and then left under the
    care of parents.
  • Natural Gas Leak Outside: (Auburn) On Wednesday, November 24 at 9:15 p.m., firefighters
    responded to reports of an odor of natural gas outside and sounds of a leak at the gas meter. On
    arrival, fighters found a strong odor of natural gas in the area and the gas meter to the residence
    leaking from the relief valve. Firefighters shut off the gas on the supply side of the meter which
    stopped the leak, then performed air monitoring of the residence to ensure no other problems.
    PSE was notified.
  • Illegal Burn: (Auburn) On Thursday, November 25 at 12:25 p.m., firefighters responded to an illegal
    burn at a place of business on Auburn Way N. The fire was extinguished upon arrival. The fire had
    been located directly adjacent to the building and approximately six feet from a cabinet containing
    small propane tanks. Photos were taken and the Fire Marshall on duty was notified for necessary
    follow up investigation.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, November 26 at 11:18 a.m., firefighters responded to an
    adult female complaining of chest pain after an accident. The patient was examined by
    firefighters then transported to St. Francis Hospital by private ambulance.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Saturday, November 27 at 3:05 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female
    complaining of a possible overdose. The patient was evaluated and transported to MultiCare Auburn
    Medical Center by private ambulance for continued care.
  • Elevator Rescue: (Auburn) On Sunday, November 28 at 2:25 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    report of individuals trapped in an elevator at a local apartment building. Firefighters secured
    power to the elevator before opening the doors. An adult male and female were found unharmed
    and provided safe exit from the disabled elevator.

Fire Investigations

  • There were no new calls for service for the Fire Investigation Unit.


  • 5 responses
  • 8 referrals
  • 1 new enrollment
  • 0 enrollments closed
  • 46 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.

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