Between Oct. 9 and Oct. 15, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 289 calls for service, among them the following:
Aid call: 4:29 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters evaluated and treated an elderly man who was suffering from low blood sugar, and then left him at home with family.
Arcing wires: 4:32 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a report of live electrical wires arcing into a tree and found wires contacting a tree, so they notified Puget Sound Energy, and utility crews came on the trot to mitigate the situation.
Aid call: 12:20 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters evaluated a man who was complaining of stroke-like symptoms, and a private ambulance transported the man to Valley Medical Center.
Aid call/rescue: 4:05 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters hustled to help a man who was complaining of chest pain. On-scene personnel had to hike about a quarter mile to find the guy, load him onto a Stokes basket, and carry him out of the forest over rough and uneven terrain. King County paramedics drove the man to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Aid call: 11:28 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters evaluated an Auburn senior citizen who had passed out in his car, and then a private ambulance zipped him off to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
Aid call: 3:15 p.m. (Auburn). When firefighters reached a man who’d been complaining of a rapid heart rate, they found him in the throes of a cardiac event and unresponsive. Firefighters then initiated CPR, upgrading the call to add an advanced life support response. King County Medic One paramedics transported the man to a local hospital.
Water leak: 2:40 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responded to reports of a broken water line at a home, where they helped the homeowner shut off his water and power. The crew also performed salvage to minimize water damage to the first floor of the residence.
Technical rope rescue: 7:28 a.m. (Auburn). Valley Com dispatched firefighters to help King County Fire District 44 rescue a man who had fallen down a steep ravine, sustaining multiple traumatic injuries. The VRFA firefighters, with the help of the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, the Enumclaw Fire Department, and South King Fire and Rescue, performed a high-angle rope rescue to pluck the man from the ravine. He received medical treatment from King County Medic One Paramedics, and then TriMed transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.