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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Treat Driver Having Anxiety Attack on SR-167


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 312 calls for service for the week of August 16-22, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 9,462 calls.  This is a 14.8% increase from 2020 (8,244).

Call Breakdown:

228 (73%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 7,058 up 15.3%, compared to 2020’s (6,123).

20 (6%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 32.4%, with 2021 having 343 calls and 2020 having 259.


64 (21%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (10.7%), with 2021 currently at 2,061 calls compared to 2020’s 1,862. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Commercial Fire: (Auburn) On Monday, August 16 at 7:06 p.m., firefighters responded to a commercial fire. Firefighters arrived to find two exterior hoppers on fire in close proximity to a building and a small brush fire. Firefighters quickly attacked the fire with hose lines and the aerial master stream from our ladder truck. Firefighters prevented the fire from extending to the building. Crews extinguished the brush fire as well. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • Aid Call: (Algona) On Tuesday, August 17 at 3:03 p.m., firefighters responded to a male having an anxiety attack on Highway 167. Firefighters found the patient in his vehicle on the shoulder during heavy traffic. A firefighter drove the patient’s vehicle off the highway to a parking lot where the patient was evaluated in a safe location. The patient was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

    As someone who understands what this is like from personal experience, my heart goes out to the patient in this call. Anxiety attacks are hard enough to begin with, an anxiety attack while driving is just plain scary. -EM

  • Vehicle vs. Pedestrian: (Pacific) On Wednesday, August 18 at 2:08 p.m., firefighters responded
    to an adult male who suffered multiple injuries from being struck by a vehicle while in the
    crosswalk. Firefighters treated the patient, and he was transported to a local hospital by private
  • Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Thursday, August 19 at 3:38 a.m. firefighters responded to the 12900 block
    of 318th Way to extinguish a deep-seated brush fire on a hillside next to a homeless encampment.
    Units from MVF&R and PSRFA assisted with work on the brushfire
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Friday, August 20 at 5:17 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male who
    suffered multiple stab wounds during an altercation. The patient was treated by firefighters and
    King County Paramedics and then flown to a local trauma hospital by Airlift NW.
  • Motorcycle Collision: (Auburn) On Saturday, August 21 at 6:24 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    motorcycle versus car collision. The involved car left the scene, and both motorcycle riders
    suffered injuries from the collision. Firefighters evaluated and treated both patients, and they
    were transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Sunday, August 22 at 11:32 p.m., firefighters responded to an elderly man
    with chest pain. King County Medic One paramedics were added to the call for evaluation. The
    patient was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

Fire Investigations

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


  • 7 responses
  • 26 referrals
  • 12 new enrollments
  • 6 enrollments closed
  • 67 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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