VRFA BLOG

Read about current VRFA events, incidents and announcements.

Public Information & Education Officer Kimberly Terhune Awarded 2019 Fire Educator of the Year

Public Information & Education Officer Kimberly Terhune received the Fire Educator of the Year award at the annual Washington Fire Prevention Institute Awards Banquet in Lake Chelan last week. The Washington Public Fire Educators (WPFE), a division of the Washington Fire Chiefs, gives this award out each year to a Washington fire educator that has shown outstanding dedication, leadership, and…

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Change Your Clock and Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries

Its that time of year again, Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries! This Sunday, Nov. 3rd we "fall back" one hour and not only need to change our clocks, but change out the batteries in all of our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries - make sure your smoke…

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Notice of Special Board of Governance Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance will conduct a Special Meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for the purpose of adopting the 2020 annual budgets, the 2020 assessed valuation levy, and the 2020 Fire Benefit Charge. The Special Meeting will be conducted at the Valley Regional Fire Authority Headquarters located at 1101 D…

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Notice of Public Hearings

Notice is hereby given that the Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance will conduct public hearings on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the assessed valuation levy for 2020, the final budgets for 2020, and the Fire Benefit Charge for 2020. The Public Hearings will be conducted at the Valley Regional Fire Authority Headquarters Station 31 located at 1101 D St NE,…

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Notice of Availability of 2020 Preliminary Budgets and Special Governance Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Valley Regional Fire Authority 2020 preliminary budgets have been filed with the Authority Clerk and will be available as of Thursday, October 24, 2019 for public inspection at the Headquarters Station located at 1101 D Street NE, Auburn, WA, during the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Also, Notice is herby given that the…

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Register Now for Scout Night at the Fire Station

You can now register your scouting or adventure group for our annual Scout Night at the Fire Station, Nov. 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Lakeland Hills fire station 33, 500 182nd Ave. E. , Auburn.  Simply send an email to public.info@vrfa.org with your group name, number of children, number of parents and leaders and a contact phone number and email. For more information on Scout Night, see the flyer…

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Plan and Practice Your Escape for Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019. This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!” Remember to make a home escape plan with all members of your household and practice it! You can find more information on our website https://www.vrfa.org/community/safety-information/fire-escape-planning/ or view the National Fire Protection Association website at…

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Battalion Chief Parry Boogard Retires after 38 Years of Service

After 38 years of service to the Algona, Auburn and Pacific communities, Battalion Chief Parry Boogard is retiring. Boogard began his fire service career in 1974, serving as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with King County Fire Protection District #30. Two years later he joined the United States Air Force and served for four years as a firefighter. In 1981 he was hired by the legacy Auburn Fire…

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Smoke May Be Visible Near Station 35 for Training Burn on September 25

You may see some smoke near Station 35 (2905 C Street SW, Auburn) today between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. Please do not call 9-1-1. We are conducting training.

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Notice of Special Finance Committee Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Valley Regional Fire Authority Finance Committee will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, beginning at 5:00 p.m.  The purpose of the Special Meeting is to review and discuss the draft 2020 Budgets.  The Committee may or may not take action on all or any portion of the items discussed. The Special Meeting will be conducted at the Valley Regional…

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Remembering and Honoring on 9/11

Today we honor and remember all those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Two ceremonies will be held in King County today: From Noon-12:30 at Seattle Center Memorial Garden, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, the Seattle Fire and Police Departments are hosting a joint ceremony. The Mayor, Police and Fire Chiefs will be speaking. Also today, from 1-2 pm at…

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Save the Date for Scout Night at the Fire Station: Nov. 13

This annual event is open to all scouting/adventure groups and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at VRFA Station 33 in Lakeland Hills, 500 182nd Ave. E. Auburn, WA 98092. Several learning stations aimed at helping complete badge requirements will be offered including: Home Safety, Basic First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Cooking Safety, Basic Knot Tying, Home Fire Escape…

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Female Injured After Driving Down Embankment

On August 22, 2019 VRFA crews responded to a report of a vehicle down an embankment. On arrival at Lake Tapps Parkway and East Valley Highway crews discovered a vehicle with one female driver approximately 50 yards down the hill. Crew made their way to the vehicle and evaluated the patient. She was stabilized then brought to the top of the hill with the VRFA Mule. She was then evaluated by King…

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Smoke Alarms Alert Residents of Fire

At 2:55 p.m. on August 15, 2019 VRFA and South King Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a residential fire in the 32000 block of 58th Avenue South on Auburn’s west hill. First arriving crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage and a truck in the driveway. Due to the intensity of the fire and hot outside temperatures a second alarm was called. Six engine companies, two…

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Four Displaced by Mobile Home Fire

A family of four has been displaced by a fire that severely damaged their mobile home on July 14. The fire occurred at 5:37 p.m. in the 400 block of V Pl. SE. No one was injured in the fire and the cause remains undetermined. The American Red Cross is assisting the family in finding temporary housing.

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Assistant Fire Marshal Upton and Deputy Chief Olson Retire

Two long-time employees of the VRFA have retired. Assistant Fire Marshal Larry Upton spent 37 years in the fire service and Deputy Chief Kevin Olson served 28 years. See Larry's full press release. See Kevin's full press release.  

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VRFA Encourages Homeowners to Prepare for Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Each year, wildland fires consume homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), or areas where homes are built near and/or among lands prone to wildland fire. This year, according to a report by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), Western Washington will be more prone to these WUI fires than usual. In fact, the west side saw 51 fires in March alone. In light of these predictions, the VRFA…

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VRFA Presents Life Saving Award to Jenni Pritchard

Deputy Chief Dave Larberg presented the VRFA's Life Saving Award to Jenni Pritchard, Morgan Madding and Auburn Police Officer Damon Hewin for their actions, which resulted in the successful resuscitation of a sixteen-year old girl after she collapsed at the Auburn Pool in early March. Natalli Hull and Dawson Orcutt received certificates of commendation for their supportive efforts. The ceremony…

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