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VRFA Blotter: January 4-10, 2021

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).

Call Breakdown:

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 (24.8% for the past 14 days – a 6.5% increase from last week) are two different things. The C St SE testing site does not impact the positivity rate of the City of Auburn.

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source: VRFA

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
    treatment.
  • 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
    possible.
  • 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.

Fire Investigations:

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

C.A.R.E.S.:

  •  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.

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