VRFA BLOG

Read about current VRFA events, incidents and announcements.

Firefighters quickly extinguish fire in Auburn strip mall

Five Auburn businesses were damaged in a late morning fire in the 900 Block of E. Main Street Wednesday, Dec. 9, but due to a quick stop by VRFA firefighters, the majority of the building was saved. Fire crews responded to the Auburn strip mall…

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Letter of Commendation awarded to Captain Toline, Firefighter Fisher and Firefighter Highley

In early September, Captain Joel Toline, and Firefighters Kyle Fisher and Will Highley responded to an automatic fire alarm at an apartment building in Auburn. After initial size-up, they reported heavy black smoke and quickly upgraded the alarm to…

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Early morning fire destroys former Cools Café building in Pacific

Just before 6 a.m. this morning, VRFA firefighters responded to an initial report of a trash can fire near the 4500 block of A Street SE in Pacific, site of the former Cools Café. Upon arrival firefighters determined that the smoke was coming from…

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Firefighter Lars Mickelson retires

After a long career as a Firefighter/EMT and Technical Rescue Specialist, Lars Mickelson is retiring from the Valley Regional Fire Authority. His career in the fire service spans twenty years, serving first with Mountain View Fire and Rescue and…

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Lea Hill Brush Fire Continues to Smolder

On Monday, November 16th, we responded to a brush fire in the 29800 block of 138th Ave SE in the Lea Hill area of Auburn. This fire continues to smolder and may continue to do so for a few days or more. Firefighters were at the scene this morning…

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Fire Captain Norm Golden resigns, takes position with Tukwila Fire Department

After 28 years serving the communities of Algona, Auburn and Pacific, Captain Norm Golden is resigning from the Valley Regional Fire Authority to accept a position as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Tukwila Fire Department. Golden was hired on…

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Ongoing Lea Hill area brush fire creates smoke distraction

An ongoing brush fire on a hillside near the 29800 block of 138th Ave. SE on Lea Hill in Auburn continues to produce smoke and will likely do so for several more hours, possibly extending through Nov. 17. Please refrain from calling 9-1-1 if you see…

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Toys for Kids Drive Donations Go Virtual

The annual Toys for Kids drive is still on for 2020 - it will just look a little different this year. Instead of doing in-person toy collections, we ask that donations be made through GoFundMe: www.tinyurl.com/1352donate Families in need should…

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VRFA Request for Proposal: BLS Patient Transport Services (submissions due Dec. 11)

PUBLISHED: NOVEMBER 10TH, 2020 The Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA) located in Auburn, WA invites submission of organizational credentials and proposals as specified herein, for the provision of Basic Life Support (BLS) patient transport…

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RV explosion in Auburn sends two to hospital

An RV explosion sent two adult females to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries this morning, Nov. 5. The RV was completely destroyed and a nearby home sustained damage in an explosion called in by neighbors at approximately 9:50 a.m.  The…

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Notice of Special Board Meeting Public Hearings on Nov 9th

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance will conduct public hearings on Monday, November 9, 2020 beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the assessed valuation levy for 2021, the final budgets for 2021, and the Fire…

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Change Your Clocks and Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm Batteries Nov. 1

Remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when you set your clocks on Nov. 1. The exception is lithium battery powered alarms with batteries lasting 8-10 years. When you hear the low battery "chirp" for lithium…

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