Between July 31 and Aug. 6, the Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 353 calls for service, among them the following.
Brush fire: 6:34 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a reported brush fire in a vacant lot found a 20 x 40, quick-moving conflagration in tall grass, with exposure to a nearby fence and a row of arbor vitae shrubs. The crew quickly pulled a hand line to extinguish the head of the fire to prevent exposure involvement before containing the remaining body of the fire and overhauling the area. The fire’s cause is undetermined.
Aid call: 11:56 a.m. (Auburn). Firefighters treated a senior with kidney stones, and a private ambulance transported her MultiCare Auburn Medical Center.
Overdose: 6:46 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters hustled to help a man who was unconscious and not breathing in a bathroom at the Outlet Collection Mall. An Auburn police officer who had arrived first determined the man had a pulse but was not breathing, so the officer performed rescue breathing and administered Narcan to the man, which saved his life. Firefighters arrived to find the man conscious, and an ambulance transported him to MAMC.
Accident: 5:26 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responding to reports of a multiple-vehicle injury accident arrived at the scene to find three vehicles that had sustained moderate damage. Crews found a total of five injured parties, four of them stable, and one requiring more extensive treatment. All victims were evaluated and treated as needed before a private ambulance drove two to local hospitals and family transported the other.
Aid call: 5:45 p.m. (Lakeland Hills). Firefighters provided care for a man who was choking on food. Firefighters successfully performed the Heimlich Maneuver and transported the man to Valley Medical Center’s emergency room.
Aid call: 5:09 p.m. (South Auburn). Firefighters assessed a toddler who had suffered injuries falling from bleachers onto concrete. Firefighters then placed the young one in a spinal splint specially designed for small children. King County Paramedics also evaluated the toddler and transported him or her to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital via Airlift Northwest.
Car vs. pedestrian: 8 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters, King County Medic One and Auburn police were dispatched to a man who was lying unconscious near a road with his hat in the street. Bystanders said that he had been hit by a car, but none of them had actually seen a collision. A quick exam revealed no injuries but did show signs of an opioid overdose. Narcan was given and the man regained consciousness. He denied injury, or drug use, and declined transport to the hospital for observation. He was left at the scene with Auburn police.
Brush fire: 1:56 p.m. (Auburn). Firefighters responded to a brush fire on Stuck River Drive. On arrival, fire crews quickly knocked down the fire and then overhauled the area to confirm that the fire was completely extinguished.