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VRFA Blotter: House Fire Causes $60,000 in Damages

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 320 calls for service for the week of May 31-June 6, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 5,951 calls.  This is a 10.2% increase from 2020 (5,398).

Call Breakdown:

229 (72%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 4,519 (up 12.1%, compared to 2020’s 4,033).

10 (3%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 43.1%, with 2021 having 166 calls and 2020 having 116.

81 (25%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up(1.4%), with 2021 currently at 1,266 calls compared to 2020’s 1,49. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.A lego man stands in front of a lego washing machine looking at his hands inside a Leho washing machine. Above the photo says :Don't forget to wash your hands

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Residential Fire: (Auburn) On Monday, May 31 at 7:12 a.m., firefighters responded to the report of
    a residential fire. Firefighters from multiple agencies including VRFA, Puget Sound RFA and South
    King F& R arrived to find a fire that had started on the exterior of the home extending from floor 1
    to floor 2 and into the attic. The fire was quickly extinguished and fire personnel ensured the building
    was unoccupied. The house adjacent to the main fire unit also sustained significant heat damage
    to its siding. The fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s office.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (South Auburn) On Tuesday, June 1 at 04:55 a.m., firefighters responded
    to a one-vehicle car accident at the 4900 block of A ST SE. On arrival firefighters made a quick fire
    attack on the vehicle and treated one patient for minor injuries. The patient was transported to
    MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, June 1 at 11:51 a.m., firefighters assisted a teenage female
    complaining of flu like symptoms. The patient was treated by firefighters and transported to Mary
    Bridge Children’s Hospital by private ambulance
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Wednesday, June 2 at 10:52 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a
    teenage girl who had fainted and had a severe headache. Firefighters arrived and after determining
    the patient was very sick, requested King County Medics. The patient was treated at the scene by
    firefighters and medics, and transported to Valley Medical Center. Doctors at Valley later had the
    patient transported to Harborview Medical Center for surgery.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Thursday, June 3 at 1:46 p.m., firefighters responded to the report of an
    unconscious male in the bathroom. Firefighters forced entry into the bathroom and found a
    pulseless/breathless patient. Firefighters performed CPR on the patient and the patient regained a
    pulse. The patient was then transported to Multicare Auburn Medical Center via King County
    Paramedics.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Pacific) On Thursday, June 3 at 1:22 p.m., firefighters with King County
    Paramedics responded to a one-vehicle accident with entrapment. Firefighters quickly extricated a
    teenage male where he was treated for life threatening injuries by Medics and flown by Air-Lift to
    Harbor View Medical Center.
  • MCI – Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, June 4 at 8:20 p.m., firefighters were dispatched
    to a motor vehicle accident on 15th NW at Highway 167. The arriving crews found 2 vehicles with
    heavy damage. Additional resources were called and firefighters for South King Fire and Rescue
    and King County Medic One responded. The patients included a male child, an adult male and an
    adult female. The female patient had to be extricated out of the vehicle using the “Jaws of Life.”
    The child and female patients were both transported to Harbor View Medical Center by paramedics.
    The male patient was transported to Valley Medical Center by VRFA firefighters.
  • Tree Down in Roadway: (Auburn) On Saturday, June 5 at 3:49 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    tree down in the roadway. Crews cut up the tree and moved it out of the road.

Fire Investigations

On Monday, May 31, an accidental house fire occurred in the 900 block of 42nd CT NE in the
City of Auburn. The fire began on the exterior of the two story home and extended into the attic
space. The fire cause was determined to be the result of discarded smoking materials. Dollar
loss is estimated at $60,000.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 10 responses
  • 23 referrals
  • 3 new enrollments
  • 8 enrollments closed
  • 55 total patients enrolled*
    *A note on the total patient enrolled number- if a patient was enrolled at any point during the week,
    they will count in the total, even if their enrollment was completed in the week (closed). This is why
    the week-to-week math on new, closed, and total enrollments may not seem to add up at times.

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.

*This rate is as of this publication and is based on King County data only

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