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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Respond to Gas Leak at Auburn Airport

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 302 calls for service for the week of September 27-October 3, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 11,359 calls.  This is a 14.7% increase from 2020 (9,905).

Call Breakdown:

233 (77%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 8,433 up 15.7%, compared to 2020’s (7,287).

8 (3%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 20.1%, with 2021 having 412 calls and 2020 having 343.

61 (20%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (10.5%), with 2021 currently at 2,514 calls compared to 2020’s 2,275. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Monday, September 27 at 12:21 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    hit and run accident that left one adult female with neck and back pain. The patient was
    examined by firefighters and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private
    ambulance.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Wednesday, September 29 at 2:01 a.m., firefighters and King
    County Medic One paramedics responded to a motor vehicle accident involving multiple cars and
    two semi-trucks. Upon arrival, fire personnel found one vehicle that had entered east bound HWY
    18 driving west bound. The driver struck an oncoming semi-truck and trailer. The driver was
    pronounced dead on scene. A second car struck the jersey barrier that was displaced by the semitruck.
    Firefighters treated the patient and he was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center
    by private ambulance. There were no other injuries reported. The accident is under investigation
    by the Washington State Patrol.
  • Shooting: (Lea Hill) On Tuesday, September 29 at 1:51 a.m., firefighters responded to a young man
    who was shot in the leg by another party. Firefighters, along with King County Medic One, evaluated
    the patient and determined him to be stable, requiring further evaluation in a hospital setting. Crews
    on location rapidly removed the patient from where he was found to a safe location. The patient was
    transported to a local area hospital by private ambulance.
  • Wires down: (Auburn) On Thursday, September 30 at 10:23 a.m., firefighters responded to power
    lines down across the road near the Auburn Golf Course. Firefighters secured the scene and
    blocked traffic until PSE arrived to de-energize the lines.
  • Natural Gas Leak: (Auburn): On Friday, October 1 at 3:43 p.m., firefighters responded to a natural
    gas leak at the Auburn Airport. Firefighters arrived to find that a fuel truck had struck the side of a
    building where the natural gas meter was located. This resulted in the release of natural gas into
    the surrounding area. Firefighters evacuated the building and surrounding structures, and shut
    down traffic in the area. Firefighters safely approached the gas leak in their personal protective
    equipment and evaluated the damaged meter. Fortunately, the breaks were clean and the system
    was able to be shut off properly. Firefighters secured the leak and awaited Puget Sound Energy’s
    response. No citizens or firefighters were injured during this incident.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Saturday, October 2 at 7:39 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female
    complaining of chest pain. Firefighters and King County Medic One paramedics evaluated the
    patient on scene. The patient was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn
    Medical Center for continued care.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, September 3 at 6:55 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to an adult
    male found unconscious and not breathing. Bystander CPR was initiated. The reporting party
    administered Narcan as the subject had needles around him. The subject was moved for better
    access and he woke up. He had used an unidentified opiate. He was transported to MultiCare
    Auburn by private ambulance.

Fire Investigations

  • On Friday, October 1, an accidental house fire occurred in the 2400 block of 24th St SE in the
    City of Auburn. The home sustained smoke and flame damage to siding and an awning. Dollar
    loss is estimated to be $25,000.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 4 responses
  • 25 referrals
  • 5 new enrollments
  • 9 enrollments closed
  • 25 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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