The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 258 calls for service for the week of January 4-10, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 356 calls. This is a -2.5% decrease from 2020 (365).
211 (82%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 278 (-.4% compared to 2020’s 279).
4 (2%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 100%, with 2021 having 10 calls and 2020 having 5.
43 (17%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is down (-16.0%), with 2021 currently at 68 calls compared to 2020’s 81. Other calls include water rescues, HazMat calls, and ladder requests.
COVID-19 Testing Site
Specially trained VRFA EMTs assisted the King County Health Department in COVID-19 testing drive-up and walk-up residents at the GSA facility. This site administered approximately 4,000 tests between January 4,2020-January 10, 2021. 16.1% were positive. This is a .82% increase from last week.
The positivity rate of the C St SE testing site and the City of Auburn’s positivity rate are two different things. The C St SE testing site does not impact the positivity rate of the City of Auburn.
Calls For Service:
- Minor Fire: (Auburn) On Monday, January 4 at 5:20 p.m., firefighters responded to a minor kitchen
fire. The homeowner extinguished the fire using a dry chemical fire extinguisher prior to fire
department arrival. There was no fire extension into the structure of the home.
- Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Monday, January 4 at 10:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a young child
who had been bitten in the face by a Siberian Husky. The child was evaluated by firefighters, and
transported to Valley Medical Center by his parents.
- Vehicle vs. Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Tuesday, January 5 at 6:34 p.m., firefighters assisted an adult
female who had been struck by a pick-up truck while crossing the street. Firefighters and King
County Medics assessed the patient, treated her on scene, and then firefighters transported her to
MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment.
- Vehicle into a Building: (Auburn) On Tuesday, January 5 at 02:24 p.m., firefighters responded to a
vehicle into a building. There was moderate damage to the building after a vehicle jumped the curb
and struck it just below a window. There were no injuries.
- Aid Call: (Lea Hill) on Wednesday, January 6 at 10:05 a.m. firefighters responded to a middle-aged
female having seizures. The patient was evaluated at the scene by VRFA personnel then
transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by a private ambulance for further evaluation and
- Aid Call (Lakeland Hills) On Thursday, January 7 at 9:00 a.m., firefighters assisted a female patient
with general weakness and a positive Covid-19 test result. The patient was transported to MultiCare
Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance
- Fuel Spill: (Lakeland Hills) On Friday, January 8 at 3:59 p.m., firefighters investigated a report of a
fuel spill on a roadway. Firefighters found that diesel fuel had leaked out of an unknown vehicle for
approximately three blocks. Firefighters contacted Auburn Streets to determine if any cleanup was
- Aid Call: (Pacific) On Saturday, January 9 at 7:01 p.m., firefighters responded to assist Pacific
Police with a male subject involved in a hit and run accident with multiple minor injuries. Personnel
treated the patient and a private ambulance transported him to St. Francis hospital for further care.
There were no new calls for service for the Fire Investigation Unit.
- 7 responses
- 11 referrals
- 7 new enrollments
- 8 enrollments closed
- 68 total patients enrolled
The number of total patients enrolled is higher; due to a change in how we manage the submitted
referrals that are waiting to be engaged in case management. This change is to allow our team to
better document the time spent on researching and monitoring patients that have been referred
but not actively engaged.
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.