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VRFA Blotter: November 23-29, 2020


Below are just a few of the calls the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to for the week of November 23-29, 2020. VRFA firefighters responded to a total of 263 calls for service during this week. 200 were aid calls, 4 were fire calls, and 59 were categorized as other. Other calls include water rescues, HazMat calls, and ladder requests.

Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 11,968 calls. This is a .05% decrease from 2019 (11,800 calls). Total aid calls in 2020 so far are 8,817 (-1.0% compared to 2019’s 8,909. The number of fire calls is up by 5.5%, with 2020 having 406 calls and 2019 having 385. The number of other calls is also up (0.5%), with 2020 currently at 2,745 calls compared to 2019’s 2,730.


911 – Requests for Service

  • Vehicle in River: (Tukwila) On Monday, November 23 at 12:06 p.m., the VRFA dive team, along
    with the Renton Fire Authority’s dive team, assisted Tukwila fire and police departments with
    locating and retrieving a vehicle from the Duwamish River. One occupant was found inside the
    vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation by Tukwila
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  • River Rescue: (Auburn) On Tuesday, November 24 at 9:13 a.m., firefighters and King County Medics responded to a report of an adult male floating downstream with no flotation. The patient was pulled from the river by civilians and bystander CPR was initiated. Firefighters and King County Medics continued CPR then the patient was transported to Harborview Medical Center.
  • Welfare Check: (Auburn) On Wednesday, November 25 at 1:50p.m., firefighters and King County Medic One responded to a report of an elderly male sitting in a running car for at least 4 hours. Police and fire arrived to find the man sitting in the driver’s seat unconscious. Auburn Police forced entry into the vehicle and discovered that the patient was deceased. The scene was turned over to
  • Water Problem: (South Auburn) On Thursday, November 26 at 1:48 p.m., firefighters investigated
    a report of a residential water supply break. The break occurred at the residence’s main shutoff.
    Firefighters contacted the property management as well as the City of Auburn Water Division.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Friday, November 27 at 1:23 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female
    that had fallen 20 feet down a hillside. The patient was treated by firefighters and transported to
    MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
  • Aid Call: (Algona) On Saturday, November 28 at 8:56 p.m., firefighters were called to assist an adult
    male with shortness of breath. Firefighters and King County Medic One personnel treated the
    patient. He was then transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by Medic 6 for further
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Sunday, November 29 at 10:07 a.m., firefighters assisted a female
    complaining of shortness of breath. The patient had used an inhaler and nebulizer but her breathing
    did not improve. She was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.

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


  • 9 responses
  • 17 referrals
  • 4 new enrollments
  • 4 enrollments closed

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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