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VRFA Fire Blotter: February 22-28, 2021

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 245 calls for service for the week of February 22-28, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 2,174 calls.  This is a .4% increase from 2020 (2,166).

Call Breakdown:

193 (79%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 1644 (+1.4%, compared to 2020’s 1,622).

2 (1%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 65.6%, with 2021 having 53 calls and 2020 having 32.

50 (50%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (-6.8%), with 2021 currently at 477 calls compared to 2020’s 512. 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 1,500 tests between February 22-28, 2021. Approximately 7% were positive. This approximate 7-day positivity rate is a 4% decrease from the previous week (February 16-21, 2021) 7-day positivity rate of 11%.

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 is 8.9%, a 1.3% decrease since last week’s 14-day positivity rate check (10.2%). 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.

Calls For Service

  • Aid Call: (Motor Vehicle Accident) On Monday, February 22 at 8:13 a.m., firefighters responded to motor vehicle accident at the intersection of S Division St and 3rd St SW. They arrived to find two vehicles involved. Firefighters assisted one patient complaining of chest pain then transported her to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further treatment and evaluation.
  • Aid Call: (South Auburn) On Tuesday, February 23 at 11:31 a.m., firefighters responded to an elderly female with stroke like symptoms. The patient was evaluated and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Wires Down: (Algona) On Wednesday, February 24 at 5:50 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of wires down and pole damage at the 3500 block of West Valley Highway. Firefighters, along with local PD, shut the road down and coordinated hazard removal with Puget Sound Energy.
  • Fatality Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Thursday, February 25 at 7:25 p.m., firefighters responded to a two-vehicle head-on accident on Highway 18. On arrival firefighters found one vehicle rolled on its side and another vehicle fully involved in fire. One patient was treated by firefighters and King County Medics then airlifted to Harborview. A second patient was declared deceased at the scene.
  • Aid Call: (Lea Hill) On Friday, February 26 at 7:22 p.m., firefighters responded to a middle-aged male complaining of chest discomfort. Firefighters arrived and determined the man had taken marijuana edibles with prescription medicines, causing him to experience sustained tachycardia. The patient was evaluated by medics and it was determined he could be transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Medical Center for evaluation.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Pacific) On Saturday, February 27 at 9:07 p.m., firefighters responded to a motor vehicle accident on northbound SR167 – just north of Stewart Rd. Firefighters arrived to find a motorcycle down in the roadway and a passenger car off the roadway into a tree. Firefighters and King County Medics assessed two patients. The motorcycle rider was complaining of left shoulder and arm pain and was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance. The driver of the vehicle declined transport.
  • Aid Call: (Pacific) On Sunday, February 28 at 08:26 a.m., firefighters responded to an unconscious adult female found by Pacific PD during a welfare check. The patient was treated by firefighters and King County Medic One for hypothermia then transported to Multicare Auburn Medical Center by King County Medic One for further treatment.

Fire Investigations:

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

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 10 responses
  • 12 referrals
  • 3 new enrollments
  • 8 enrollments closed
  • 63 patients currently 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.

Update: The original 14-day positivity rate listed for Auburn was for the whole of King County. This has been corrected.

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