VRFA BLOG

Read about current VRFA events, incidents and announcements.

Cooling center open 8/11-8/13 at Auburn Senior Activity Center

Looking for a place to cool off as temperatures rise over the next few days? The City of Auburn is opening a cooling center at the Senior Activity Center, 808 9th St. SE, Auburn. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11…

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The VRFA Board of Governance Appoints Brad Thompson Fire Chief

The Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance has appointed Deputy Chief of Operations Brad Thompson to serve as Fire Chief/Administrator, effective August 16, 2021. "Deputy Chief Thompson was an obvious choice to be the next Fire…

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Fire Chief Swearingen Retires after a 37-year career

Confident that he is leaving the VRFA in a good place and poised in the right direction, Fire Chief Brent Swearingen has decided to retire. “I believe we have set a clear direction and succession plan that will carry the organization forward. One…

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Residents rescued from windows, roof of three-alarm Max House Apartment fire in Auburn

Approximately 30 residents from fifteen apartment units are displaced after a fire severely damaged their homes in the early morning hours of July 24. Seven businesses also sustained damage and are currently closed. The first call to 9-1-1 came from…

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VRFA Battalion Chief Mack Accepts Position at East Pierce

After 29 years and a long list of accomplishments, Battalion Chief Bill Mack is resigning from the Valley Regional Fire Authority to accept a position as a Deputy Chief for East Pierce Fire and Rescue. Mack was hired on October 1, 1992, by the City…

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Wildland Urban Interface Home Project – Week 8

We’ve come to the last week of our Wildland Urban Interface Home Project of the Week campaign. Hopefully, you were able to complete all or some of the projects. If you missed any of the weeks or are just discovering this campaign, you can find a…

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