VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Rescue Man Who was Rescuing Cat Caught in Tree

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Valley’s regional fire department responded to 284 service requests in the week of March 22-28, 2021. Year To Date Our Valley professional firefighters have answered a total of 3,182 calls. This is an increase of -.08% compared to 2020 (3,157).

Call breakdown::

218 (77%) were calls for help. A total of 2,417 aid was given in 2021 (up 2.1% compared to 2,368 in 2020).

6 (2%) were calls of fire. The number of fire calls has increased 58.8%, with 81 calls in 2021 and 51 calls in 2020.

60 (21%) were calls that were classified as other. The number of other calls is declining (-7.3%), with 684 calls currently in 2021 compared to 738 in 2020. Other calls include water rescues, HazMat calls, and ladder inquiries.

COVID-19 test site

Specially trained VRFA rescue workers assisted King County’s health department with COVID-19 testing of break-in and walk-in residents in the GSA complex. This agency performed approximately 2,600 tests between March 14 and 21. About 8% were positive. This week’s rate is 5% reduce from last week’s rate (March 14-21) of 10%.

The positivity rate of the C St SW test site and the positivity rate of the city of Auburn are two different things. The city of Auburn’s * positivity rate * for the past 14 days is 12.6%, a value of 1.7% reduce since last week’s 14-day positivity rate check (14.3%). Auburn’s current overall positivity rate is 10.4% of all tests (minus 0.01% from last week). The C St SW test center does this Not Effects on Auburn City Positivity Rate.

Specially trained VRFA EMTs assisted the King County Health Department in delivering COVID-19 vaccines in the GSA complex. The site is now both a COVID-19 test site and one of two COVID-19 mass vaccination sites in South King County.

Auburn COVID-19 vaccine site has moved! Please note that vaccines are available only by appointment.

Calls for Service:

  • CPR: (Pacific) On Monday, March 22nd at 2:50 p.m., VRFA firefighters were dispatched for an obvious one
    Patient found by family in the courtyard. Firefighters arrived and found the patient to be viable
    CPR started and additional resources requested. After attempting CPR for approximately an hour, crew
    stopped efforts. A chaplain was called for the family and the scene was turned over to Pacific
  • CPR: (Auburn) At 3:44 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, the firefighters reacted to an unconscious mind
    patiently. When firefighters arrived they found CPR under way. The treatment was taken over by VRFA
    Staff and King County Medic One. The patient was then transported to MultiCare Auburn
    Medical center through Medic 6 with the support of Aid 332.
  • Car Fire: (Pacific) On Wednesday March 24th at 4:56 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a car
    Fire near a building. Firefighters came to find a bystander with a fire extinguisher that had put it out
    Fire. The car was only minimally damaged and firefighters assisted the owner in pushing the car
    Vehicle off the street in a parking lot.
  • Call for Help: (Auburn) On Thursday, March 25th at 3:57 p.m., firefighters responded to a 50-year-old
    Man who was passed out and not responding. Call came in as CPR but on arrival it was
    found that the patient was overdosed. Paramedics gave the patient Narcan to wake him up. He
    was carefully transported and taken to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center by private ambulance.
  • Elevator Rescue: (Auburn) On Friday March 26th at 10:01 p.m., firefighters were dropped off
    People got stuck in an elevator. Firefighters were given access to the elevator and freed the occupants.
    An elevator maintenance company arrived and the defective elevator was handed over
  • Residential fire: (Algona) On Friday, March 26th, 2021 at 5:08 p.m., firefighters were dispatched
    a freestanding garage fire. On the way, the call was upgraded to a household answer. E338 has arrived
    First they made sure that all occupants were outside (the garage was a converted living space) and quickly
    put down the fire. Once a standby team was set up, E338 entered the structure and was done
    Extinguishing the fire, performing a primary search, and overhauling the original room. The cause
    of the fire is being investigated.
  • Motor Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Saturday March 27th at 10:14 pm there were firefighters
    sent to a two car accident. Firefighters came and found that all occupants of
    The vehicles could get out of their own accord. None of the parties involved reported any injuries.
    The scene was turned over to the Auburn police.
  • Tree Rescue: (Auburn) At 12:43 p.m. on Sunday March 28, firefighters responded to a man
    The subject is stuck in a tree after trying to save a cat. Firefighters were able to lift a ladder to his
    Place and the person could climb down with the cat. Both the cat and the male subject were

Fire investigations:

  • On Wednesday, March 24th, an accidental fire broke out in the 500 block of M ST NE in the city
    from Auburn. The fire started and was the result in a detached garage of a family home
    of overloaded circuits. The dollar loss is estimated at $ 20,000.
  • On Friday, March 26th, an accidental fire broke out on the 200 block of 8th Ave N in the city of Algona. The fire occurred in the detached garage of a family home, which resulted in serious fires
    Damage to the structure. A failure of electrical components was found to be the cause.
    The dollar loss is estimated at $ 15,000.


  • 9 answers
  • 15 recommendations
  • 6 new registrations
  • 4 registrations closed
  • 62 patients enrolled in total

Community Assistance, Referrals and Education Services (CARES) is a joint program of VRFA, King County’s Emergency Services Division, South King Fire & Rescue, Enumclaw, and Mountainview Fire and Rescue divisions. Each CARES emergency vehicle is manned from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a firefighter from each department and a social worker. The CARES unit will be dispatched in non-transportable vehicles on less urgent calls to provide basic patient assessment, support and specific on-site basic life support and arrange transport if medically required. CARES also referred patients to charitable services when needed.

The above information was provided by the Valley Regional Fire Authority.

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