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Know the Water, Know Your Limits, Wear a Lifejacket

Know the Water: Water in the Green and White Rivers averages 50 degrees or below, even in the summer. Cold water takes the heat out of the body 32 times faster than cold air, and even quicker if you are swimming. When you’re cold, you won’t think as quickly, your muscles won’t work as well, and you can start to panic. In addition, the speed and current of our rivers, plus debris floating or hidden in the water can cause problems. Fast moving water can pin or trap a swimmer or boat against a log jam or other obstacle. Large rocks and logs can tip over rafts, canoes and kayaks. Know Your Limits: Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Wear a life jacket while swimming anywhere without lifeguards. Be sure the life jacket fits snugly and is approved for the type of water activity of the wearer.

Burn Ban

There is a burn ban in effect and the Valley Regional Fire Authority is not issuing recreational burn permits at this time. Please visit the links below for more information or contact the VRFA Fire Marshal’s Office for assistance at (253)288-5870.

King County Burn Ban Info
Puget Sound Clean Air Burn Ban Info

Car Seat Check-up Event July 16 at VRFA Headquarters

VRFA Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians will be teaming up with Public Health of Seattle & King County to host a free car seat check-up event on Thursday, July 16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the paved area just south of our Headquarters building at 1101 D St. NE in Auburn. Please contact the Public Education Division at 253-288-5881 with any questions.

Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July

The VRFA encourages everyone to celebrate safely this Independence Day and consider attending a public display as an alternative to discharging fireworks. Safety tips and regulations for the cities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific can be viewed here.  Please contact the VRFA Fire Marshal's Office at 253-288-5870 for more information.

See the latest VRFA Community Newsletter

See the Spring edtion of the VRFA Fire Watch community newsletter to meet Governance Board member Leanne Guier, read about our Firefighter and Officer of the Year and learn ways to prevent young children falling from home windows.

Fire Pumper Request For Proposal

The VRFA has issued a RFP for a fire pumper. Responses are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15th. Questions related to the RFP should be directed to askthevrfa@vrfa.org.

First Aid Training Available Monthly at VRFA

Do you need a current First Aid and CPR card for your workplace? A six-hour First Aid and CPR course is available the third Saturday of each month (excluding July, August and December), from 8:30 - 3:00 at Station 31. There is a $50 fee for this class and pre-registration is required.

Sign up for a CPR Class

CPR can increase the chances of survival significantly when started immediately by a bystander. The Valley Regional Fire Authority offers adult, child and infant CPR training on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding July, August and December), from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the headquarters, station 31. There is a $20 fee for this class and pre-registration is required. Visit the Community Programs page on our website for more information and the registration form.

Family Safety

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Kids Zone

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Business Resources

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Community Programs

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