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VRFA Fire Blotter: March 1-7, 2021

The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 229 calls for service for the week of March 1-7, 2021. Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 2,403 calls.  This is a -2.6% decrease from 2020 (2,468).

Call Breakdown:

178 (78%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2021 so far are 1,822 (-1.5%, compared to 2020’s 1,849).

9 (4%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 56.4%, with 2021 having 61 calls and 2020 having 39.

42 (18%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (-10.3%), with 2021 currently at 520 calls compared to 2020’s 580. 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 2,000 tests between MArch 1-7, 2021. Approximately 5% were positive. This approximate 7-day positivity rate is a 2% decrease from the previous week (February 22-28, 2021) 7-day positivity rate of 7%.

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 10.5%, a 1.6% increase since last week’s 14-day positivity rate check (8.9%). 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.

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Calls For Service

  • Shooting: (Auburn) On Monday, March 1 at 9:07 a.m., firefighters responded to a 50’s year old
    male with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the abdomen. Firefighters and paramedics
    performed CPR on the patient. Despite best efforts, the patient did not regain a heart rhythm. The
    scene was turned over to Auburn Police.
  • Wires Down: (Auburn) On Tuesday, March 2 at 8:09 a.m., firefighters responded to wires down at
    40th St NE and Auburn Way N. They arrived to find communication wires down across a driveway.
    They relayed the info to Comcast and put cones in front of the wires then returned to quarters in
    service.
  • Burning Debris: (Auburn) On Tuesday, March 2 at 7:19 a.m., firefighters responded to burning
    debris in the roadway. Firefighters extinguished a pile of burning sheets that someone set on fire
    because of a disagreement.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Wednesday, March 3 at 2:57 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female
    with heart palpitations. The patient was examined by firefighters and transported to MultiCare
    Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Stabbing: (Auburn) On Thursday, March 4 at 10:49 a.m., firefighters responded with Auburn Police
    Department to a stabbing. On location, VRFA personnel along with King County Medic One found
    an adult female had been stabbed multiple times. The patient was treated at the scene and
    transported to Harborview Medical Center by Airlift Northwest.
  • Vehicle Fire: (Lea Hill) On Thursday, March 4 at 9:42 a.m., firefighters responded to a reported car
    fire in a mobile home park. VRFA personnel arrived to find one car with significant fire involvement.
    The fire was quickly extinguished and minimal damage was caused to surrounding vehicles. VRFA
    Fire Marshal’s Office worked with Auburn Police Department to investigate a suspect for
    intentionally setting the fire.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, March 5 at 3:52 p.m., firefighters responded to an
    MVA at Auburn Way N and 8th St NE. They arrived to find two passenger vehicles involved in a
    head-on collision. Two patients were transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center with minor
    injuries.
  • Aid Call: On Sunday, March 7 at 2:51 p.m., firefighters responded to an elderly patient who had
    possibly overdosed on prescription medications. The patient was evaluated by firefighters and King
    County Medic One. He was left at home with family.

Fire Investigations:

On Wednesday, March 4, an incendiary fire occurred in the 31600 block of 126th Ave SE in the City of Auburn. The fire remains an open active joint investigation with Auburn Police. The vehicle was a total loss estimated at $7,000.

C.A.R.E.S.

  • 9 responses
  • 20 referrals
  • 6 new enrollments
  • 8 enrollments closed
  • 67 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.

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