VRFA blotter: Two serious motorcycle accidents, a reminder to share the road


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 327 service calls for the week of August 2-8, 2022. Since the beginning of the year, our professional firefighters in the valley have responded to a total of 9,279 service calls. This is a 5.7% increase from 2021 (8,775).

Service Outage Calls:

268 (82%) were calls for help. Total calls for help in 2022 so far are 7,844 up 4.9% compared to 2021 (7,478).

48 (15%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up 9.9%, with 2022 having 1,250 calls and 2021 having 1137.

11 (3%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls in 2022 is up 15.6% with 185 calls in 2021 having only 160. “Other” calls include water rescues, water on roads, down lines, hazmat calls and ladder requests.

Williams Lake Fire VRFA Deployment:

“Three VRFA firefighters have safely returned home after a 3-day deployment to Cheney, WA,” the VRFA bulletin reads. “They drove the Brush Truck 34 and spent much of their days building fire lines and digging hot spots. Welcome home, firefighters Fisher, Coleman and Larson! »

Learn CPR and First Aid from VRFA: Click here to see the schedule

Service calls

  • Call for Service: (Auburn) On Monday, August 1 at 3:45 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a water leak between the upper and lower floors of an apartment complex. The upstairs unit had a leak coming from the toilet wall rod. Firefighters assisted the resident by securing the water valve and rescue operations to drain the water. Firefighters contacted the building maintenance manager for further assistance to residents.
  • Motor Vehicle Collision: (Lakeland Hills) On Tuesday August 2, 2022 at 8:57 p.m. VRFA units were dispatched to an unknown call for assistance. En route, the call was turned into a personal injury accident. An adult motorcyclist suffered serious injuries requiring rapid intervention by firefighters such as
    such as pelvic splint and bleeding control. The call was quickly escalated to an Advanced Life Support injury accident requiring the use of paramedics. The patient was then treated on site and then transported by King County paramedics to an airfield in Auburn to meet Airlift Northwest who ultimately airlifted the patient to Harborview Medical Center.
  • Car Crash: (Auburn) On Wednesday, August 3 at 12:30 p.m., firefighters responded to a head-on crash involving 2 cars. On arrival it appeared that 2 cars collided in the middle turn lane. The occupants of both vehicles complained of injuries. An elderly man was transported to a local hospital by a fire department rescue car. An elderly woman in the other vehicle was transported to a local hospital by private ambulance.
  • Brush Fire: (Auburn) On Thursday, August 4 at 5:56 p.m., firefighters responded to a brush fire near a homeless encampment adjacent to the Green River. Firefighters from two stations brought the blaze under control around 9:15 p.m.
  • Brush fire: (Auburn) On Friday, August 5 at 3:23 p.m., firefighters responded to reports of burning bushes near a gas station. Firefighters arrived to find the fire extinguished by a passerby with a fire extinguisher. Firefighters used hand tools and water from the fire truck to complete the extinguishment.
  • Motor Vehicle Collision: (Auburn) On Saturday, August 6 at 11:45 a.m., King County firefighters and paramedics responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a truck and a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was treated for multiple injuries at the scene by firefighters and transported to Harborview Medical Center by King County Medic One for further care.
  • Call for help: (Algona) On Sunday August 7th at 10:21 am, firefighters responded to an elderly patient who had dislocated her femur. The patient was treated at the scene by firefighters and transported by private ambulance to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.

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VRFA Fire Investigations

No survey this week.

Training department:

VRFA members are scheduled to undergo boat training this week. Divers will search from a boat in a zero visibility environment. The two types of search used are the buddy reel search from an anchored float and the circle search based on a board.

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CARE

  • No data available this week

Community Support, Guidance 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 Services. Each CARES response vehicle is staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. by a firefighter from each department and a social worker. The CARES unit is dispatched on less urgent calls in non-transportable vehicles to provide basic patient assessment, assistance, specific basic life-sustaining treatment on site and arrange transport if needed on the medical plan. CARES also referred patients to community services when needed.

The above information was provided by VRFA. All ratings included in parentheses should be considered opinions/comments for entertainment purposes only.

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