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VRFA Blotter: March 15-21, 2021

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 238 calls for service for the week of March 15-21, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 2,905 calls.  This is a -1.2% decrease from 2020 (2,939).

Call Breakdown:

185 (78%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 2,204 (-0.2%, compared to 2020’s 2,208).

11 (5%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 76.1%, with 2021 having 81 calls and 2020 having 46.

42 (18%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is down (-9.5%), with 2021 currently at 620 calls compared to 2020’s 685. 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 Complex. This site administered approximately 2,500 tests between March 14 and 21. Approximately 10% were positive. We did not get an approximate positivity rate for the testing site last week, so to compare we look to March 1-7’s rate of 5%. This week’s rate is a 5% increase from the beginning of the month.

The positivity rate of the C St SW testing site and the City of Auburn’s positivity rate are two different things. The City of Auburn’s positivity rate* for the past 14 days is14.3%, a 9.6%  increase since last week’s 14-day positivity rate check (5.2%). Auburn’s current overall positivity rate is 10.5%. The C St SW testing site does not impact the positivity rate of the City of Auburn.

Specially Trained VRFA EMTs assisted the King County Health Department in administering COVID-19 vaccines at the GSA Complex. Two lanes of the C St SW testing site will be dedicated to vaccination appointments, meaning the location is now both a COVID-19 testing location and one of two South King County mass COVID-19 vaccine locations. Please note – vaccines are available by appointment only.

a racoon with its paws in a basin of water. The meme advises to always wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.

Calls For Service:

  • Aid Call 🙁 Lakeland Hills) On Monday, March 15t at 12:56 p.m. firefighters and King County Medics responded to an unconscious female not breathing. Upon arrival, the patient’s husband was
    performing CPR. Firefighters found a pulse and the patient was breathing, the patient was
    evaluated by King County Medic One and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for
    further treatment.
  • Overturned Semi: (Auburn) On Wednesday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m., firefighters responded to a
    reported semi-rollover. On arrival, the semi was on its side in a ditch. The adult male driver was
    sitting on a guardrail complaining of injuries sustained. He was transported to a local hospital by
    private ambulance.
  • Passenger Vehicle Fire: (Lakeland Hills) On Thursday, March 18 at 4:36 p.m., firefighters
    responded to a vehicle on fire. Firefighters confirmed that all occupants had safely exited the
    vehicle, and then extinguished the fire. The fire started in the engine compartment and the vehicle
    was a total loss.
  • Recreational Vehicle Fire: (Maple Valley) On Thursday, March 18 at 9:27 a.m., firefighters
    responded with Puget Sound Fire to a fully involved RV fire. Tender 334 was requested due to a
    lack of a water supply near the fire. Crews arrived and supplied water to the first arriving fire engine
    until the fire was extinguished.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Friday, March 19 at 1:18 p.m., firefighters assisted an elderly male who had
    fallen from his chair. The patient was examined by firefighters and transported to MultiCare Auburn
    Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Saturday, March 20 at 9:17 a.m., firefighters were called to evaluate a patient
    being seen by Auburn Police. The patient was in her 30’s and found not acting coherently.
    Firefighters determined that the patient was under the influence and needed further medical followup
    care. The patient was taken to a local area hospital by private ambulance.
  • Residential Fire: (Auburn, District 44) On Sunday, March 21, 2021, at 8:10 p.m., firefighters
    responded to multiple reports from neighbors of a tent in the backyard on fire, possibly extending
    to the house. First arriving units found a fire had extended from a backyard storage tent to the
    back of the house. Crews quickly extinguished the exterior fire and moved to the inside to check
    for any extension. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation.
  • Aid Call: (Lakeland Hills) On Sunday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m., firefighters responded to a 2-year-old girl with burns to the chest from spilling hot water. Firefighters evaluated and treated the patient.
    The patient and her mother were transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private
    ambulance.

Fire Investigations:

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

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 6 responses
  • 25 referrals
  • 5 new enrollments
  • 4 enrollments closed
  • 66 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.

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

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