Between Sept. 2 and 8, the VRFA responded to 227 calls for services, among them the following:
Dive call: 9:18 a.m., (Des Moines). The VRFA’s dive team and other King County units responding to a scuba diver emergency at Redondo beach got the person out of the water, and South King County Medics transported him or her to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.
Aid call: 1:15 p.m., (Algona). Firefighters responding to a man in a seizure transported him to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center (MAMC) for further evaluation.
Public assist: 1:17 p.m., (Auburn). Firefighters performing a welfare check on an elderly man who was walking home found him struggling in the afternoon sun, so they loaded the old fellow into their fire engine and gave him a friendly, air-conditioned ride home a couple of miles away.
Collision: 8:28 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a two-car collision on 15th Street Southwest adjacent to the GSA facility found significant damage to the front ends of both vehicles but both drivers with only minor injuries. A VRFA aid unit and a private ambulance then transported the two women involved to MAMC.
Residential fire: 8:19 a.m., (Auburn). Firefighters responding to a report of smoke in a home first ensured all of the occupants were out, and then, finding a small, smoldering fire in the basement, extinguished it, cleared the home of smoke and returned the home to the people who lived there.
Automatic fire alarm: 8:06 p.m., (North Auburn). Firefighters responding to an automatic fire alarm wailing in a one-story warehouse discovered that the evening’s intense lightning and rainstorm, not a fire, had tripped the device, so they reset it and departed.
Aid call: 11:44 p.m., (Lea Hill). Firefighters evaluated a middle-aged man who was complaining of side pain, and a private ambulance zipped him off to MAMC for further evaluation and treatment.