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VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Use Watering Can to Extinguish Fire


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 354 calls for service for the week of December 27-January 2, 2022. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 49 calls. This is a 16.7% increase from 2021 (42).

Call Breakdown:

239 (68%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 41 up 17.1%, compared to 2022’s (35).

11 (3%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 0%, with 2022 having 7 calls and 2021 having 7.


104 (29%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (100%), with 2022 currently at 1 call compared to 2021’s 0. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Motor Vehicle Accident: On Monday, December 27 at 12:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a 2 car
    MVA that was possibly due to speed and icy roads. An adult female complained of knee pain. She
    was transported to a local hospital by private ambulance.
  • Service Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, December 28 at 12:28 p.m., firefighters responded to a broken
    exterior water bib. Firefighters secured water, assisted with clean up, and informed the homeowner
    they would need to call a plumber for further assistance.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, December 29 at 3:47 p.m., firefighters responded to an elderly
    female who was experiencing increased generalized weakness and swelling in her lower
    extremities. Firefighters provided basic life support, and she was transported to MultiCare Auburn
    Medical Center by TriMed for continued care and evaluation.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Thursday, December 30 at 3:45 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult male
    complaining of pain after being hit by a car. The man and his girlfriend were walking across a
    freeway entrance when he was hit. He as transported to a local ER by private ambulance.
  • Fire Alarm: (Auburn) On Friday, December 31 at 9:40 a.m., firefighters responded to reports from
    neighbors of a smoke alarm going off in another unit for 15 minutes and no one answering the
    door. Firefighters arrived to find an audible alarm sounding in a unit on the second floor and no
    obvious signs of a fire problem from outside. Firefighters forced the front door of the apartment and
    found a smoldering fire in the fire place had filled the unit with smoke due to the fireplace damper
    being closed. Firefighters extinguished the smoldering fire with a water can and ventilated the
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Saturday, January 1st at 1:11 a.m., firefighters responded to an adult male
    suffering from lacerations to his hands due to an assault with a knife. Firefighters assessed and
    treated the patient. The patient was transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Saturday, January 1 at 8:09 p.m., firefighters responded to a male infant
    presenting with lethargy and breathing difficulty after a fall. The patient was examined by firefighters
    then transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. The child was eventually treated at Mary
    Bridge due to the extent of injuries.
  • Car Fire: (Lea Hill) On Sunday, January 2nd at 12:14 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of a
    vehicle on fire near a building. On their arrival, they found one large Sprinter van with heavy fire to
    the engine compartment and cab area. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly and
    contained the damage to the vehicle. There was a garage within six feet and minimal smoke
    damage was done due to the quick extinguishment. Firefighters made contact with the owners and
    assisted them with cleaning and providing information regarding the incident. No civilians or
    firefighters were injured during this incident. It is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office.

Fire Investigations

  • On 01/02/2022, an accidental passenger vehicle fire occurred in the 11800 block of SE 290th PL
    in the City of Auburn. The fire occurred in a luxury RV resulting in heavy damage. The vehicle is
    considered a total loss at $182,000.


  • 11 responses
  • 18 referrals
  • 8 new enrollment
  • 1 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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