The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 262 calls for service between Nov. 19 and 25, among them the following:
Aid call: 8:46 a.m., (Pacific). Firefighters hustling to a faint-and-fall call found a potential sufferer of central cord syndrome, numb from the chest down. King County Medics evaluated the elderly fellow and transported him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Automatic fire alarm: 9:54 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters who’d been dispatched to wailing automatic fire alarms at Gildo Ray Elementary school poked their heads into a maintenance closet and found the villain: an electrical converter that had shorted out and activated the smoke alarms. After firefighters ensured there was no fire, that the transformer was off and the air was good to breathe, they returned control of the building to school personnel.
Accident: 8:41 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a rollover accident on westbound State Route 18 found one vehicle on its roof and the other with front-end damage. Once firefighters had secured the scene and evaluated the occupants of both vehicles, a private ambulance transported a woman and a VRFA aid unit transported a man to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC).
Aid call:7:34 p.m. (Lakeland Hills). Firefighters evaluated an older gentleman who was complaining of general weakness and confusion, and a private ambulance zipped him off to MAMC.
Accident: 11:48 a.m., (Lea Hill). Once firefighters who’d responded to a single-vehicle accident through a guardrail had completed their medical evaluation, police took the young man who’d been at the wheel into custody. Nobody was hurt, and a tow truck hauled away the vehicle.
Carbon monoxide alarm: 10:06 a.m.,(Lea Hill). Firefighters responding to a residential carbon monoxide alarm searched the entire home with a four-gas meter and found the problem – a leaking, exterior, natural gas meter on the attached garage. Firefighters shut off the gas, and called Puget Sound Energy to effect repairs.
Aid call: 9:41 p.m.,(Algona). Firefighters treated a senior citizen, and a private ambulance transported her to Valley Medical Center in Renton.