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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Rescue Injured Hiker on Treacherous Terrain

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The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 290 calls for service for the week of January 24-30, 2022 (prev week 319). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 1,357 calls for service. This is a 28.6% increase from 2021 (1,086).

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Calls for Service Breakdown:

244 (84%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 1,167 up 25.0%, compared to 2021’s (924).

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39 (13%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 15.7%, with 2022 having 162 calls and 2021 having 140.

9 (3%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (27.3%), with 2022 currently at 28 calls compared to 2021’s 22. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Monday, January 24 at 2:05 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult family home for an elderly male whose caregiver reported that he had low oxygen saturation and a rapid heart rate.  Firefighters and paramedics provided treatment on scene.  The patient was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment.
  • Zone 3 Rescue: (Enumclaw) On Tuesday, January 25 at 6:46 p.m., firefighters from the Technical Rescue Team responded mutual aid with Enumclaw Fire and Puget Sound Fire for a Zone 3 high angle rope rescue technician call where a hiker had fallen and fractured both ankles  The patient was non-ambulatory and required a stokes basket evolution down the very steep and treacherous terrain. The patient was safely brought down the mountainside by technicians throughout the zone. The patient was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment of the injuries she had sustained from the fall.
    (and people wonder why I don’t hike…)
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Wednesday, January 26th at 8:36 a.m., firefighters responded to an adult male who was having chest pain. Firefighters evaluated the man with King County Medic One Paramedics and determined that further evaluation in a hospital setting was the most appropriate. The male patient was taken to a local hospital by a private ambulance. 
  • Aid Call: (Algona) On Thursday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a woman in labor.  Firefighters arrived to find the baby had been delivered.  Firefighters along with paramedics evaluated and treated both mother and baby.  Both mother and baby were transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by King County Medic One for further evaluation.  
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Saturday, January 29 at 10:46 a.m., firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident. One patient was evaluated at the scene. The patient was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Illegal Burn:  (Auburn) On Sunday, January 30 at 11:18 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of an illegal burn. On arrival, firefighters found a transient campfire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and educated persons on site about the outdoor burning restrictions and fire safety.

Fire Investigations

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

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 4 responses
  • 18 referrals
  • 5 new enrollment
  • 2 enrollments closed
  • 45 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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