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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Treat Patient Experiencing Post Cannabis Consumption Anxiety


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 245 calls for service for the week of March 7-13, 2022 (prev week 289). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 3,008 calls for service. This is a 14.9% increase from 2021 (2,617).

Calls for Service Breakdown:

208 (85%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 2,553  up 13.1%, compared to 2021’s (2,257).


33 (13%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 24.5%, with 2022 having 391 calls and 2021 having 314.

4 (2%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up (39.1%) with 60 in 2021 only having 46. ‘Other’ calls include water rescues, water over roadways, downed lines, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, March 8 at 7:07 p.m. firefighters responded to an adult female
    having an episode of hypoglycemia. The patient was evaluated and treated by firefighters and King
    County Paramedics. The patient was stabilized and transported to a local hospital by private
  • Semi Truck Rollover: (Auburn) On Wednesday, March 9 at 12:10 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    semi on it’s side after taking a curved section of the road too fast. The driver was uninjured. One
    lane was initially blocked for safety. Auburn police and Washington State Patrol shut down the
    remaining lanes for their investigation and operations. All lanes of traffic were reopened by 6:30
  •  Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Thursday, March 10 at 5:24 a.m., VRFA firefighters and Medic One paramedics responded to the 4200 block of A St SE for a motor vehicle accident. Firefighters arrived to find a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident and one patient with life-threatening injuries. Crews utilized extrication equipment to remove the patient from the vehicle. Paramedics transported the patient to Harborview Medical Center.
  • Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Friday, March 11 at 7:25 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult
    female complaining of a marijuana overdose and anxiety attack. Firefighters examined the patient
    on scene. A private ambulance transported the patient to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Algona) On Saturday, March 12th at 2:43 a.m., firefighters responded to a single-car rollover accident on West Valley Highway. Firefighters arrived to find an adult male with serious
    injuries. Firefighters and King County Medic One paramedics treated the patient on scene. He was
    transported to Harborview Medical Center by paramedics for continued care.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Saturday, March 12 at 7:41 p.m., firefighters responded with
    Auburn Police for a two-car accident near a local convienence store. Firefighters arrived to find a
    minor accident with no injuries.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Sunday, March 13th at 9:03 a.m., firefighters responded to an elderly man
    who was reported to be unconscious and needing CPR. Firefighters arrived to find the man
    awake and very weak. King County paramedics evaluated the patient, who was quickly becoming
    stable, and determined he had a seizure. The man was taken to a nearby hospital by private

Fire Investigations

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


  • 6  responses
  • 14 referrals
  • 4 new enrollment
  • 9 enrollments closed
  • 54 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, outside of the LLS Firefighter Climb, was provided by the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

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