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King County Fire District No. 44 Report for March 20 through March 26

The following information was provided by King County Fire District No. 44 public information officer Tim Perciful and covers March 20 through March 26.

The following information was provided by King County Fire District No. 44 public information officer Tim Perciful and covers March 20 through March 26. This district serves sections of unincorporated southeast King County including areas of Auburn, Kent, Enumclaw and the city of Black Diamond.

Total Calls for the week:
Fire: 3
Rupture/Explosion: 0
EMS/Rescue: 29
Hazardous conditions: 0
Service Call: 3
Good Intent: 1
False Call: 4
Severe Weather: 0
Other: 0
Total Calls: 40


Incident Of The Week:

Date: 3/25/12
Time: 17:30
Location: Green Valley Road

Mountain View Fire & Rescue responded to a barn fire on the Green Valley Road. When units arrived on scene the barn was fully involved and crews had to make a defensive attack (they had to spray water from the outside). The firefighters had a difficult time with the fire because of the lack of water but there were no injuries.

We had to set up a water shutter operation with various tenders to keep water at the fire. The tenders would drive to the closest hydrant, about six miles away, fill their tank then bring the water to an engine at the fire. This operation caused units to close the Green Valley Road for a few hours.

The barn had two horses and two dogs inside and the horses we able to escape. The homeowner is still looking for the dogs but it is assumed that they may have been trapped in the barn.

Neighbors first saw the fire and ran to check and make sure nobody was inside and someone else called 9-1-1. Valley Regional Fire Authority was first on scene and had to cut a lock to make access to the barn. KCFD 44 crews then set up the water shuttle operations, and Enumclaw Fire helped with the water shuttle and manpower.

The resident lost a few vehicles, over 100 bales of hay, and many personal belongings. The resident does not have renter’s insurance, but he owner has property insurance.

Since this fire is still under investigation we do not have an estimated loss or cause for the fire.

A special thanks for Valley Regional Fire Authority, Enumclaw Fire, King County Sheriff’s Office, King County Medic One, AAA, our volunteer and career firefighters, the neighbors of this resident.



Additional Info:

Social Media Updates:


Department News:

We are currently looking for people interested in becoming wildland firefighters. The training will start in March. Please visit our web site for more information.

We will be hosting a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class in April and May. The classes will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The cost of the class will be $20 per student for all eight classes. To sign up or for more information please contact Tim Perciful at tperciful@kcfd44.org<mailto:tperciful@kcfd44.org>

The first aid / CPR class on 4/29 still has plenty of openings. If you would like to sign up please contact tperciful@kcfd.org<mailto:tperciful@kcfd.org>

KCFD #44 will be handing out years of service awards at the April 10th Board of Commissioners Meeting. We have not handed the awards out for a few years so we have approximately 60  people that are up for an award. The awards are in 5 year increments and we have members that have been with the department for up to 35 years.


Upcoming Events:

3/28 - Pack 581 (from Black Diamond)will come to Station 95 to learn skills and information for their Readyman Badge

4/9 - 4/11: Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference (Tim will be speaking)

4/10: KCFD 44 Board of Commissioners Meeting (6:30pm)

o   Hand Out Years of Service Awards

4/12: Car Seat Inspections at Auburn Hospital

4/16: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 1 of 8 (Mon 6pm - 9pm)

4/18: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 2 of 8 (Wed 6pm - 9pm)

4/23: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 3 of 8 (Mon 6pm - 9pm)

4/25: Tim will be talking at Kentlake HS

4/25: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 4 of 8 (Wed 6pm - 9pm)

4/29: Public First Aid / CPR class. Contact Tim at 253-876-6788 for more info and to sign up.

4/30: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 5 of 8 (Mon 6pm - 9pm)

5/2: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 6 of 8 (Wed 6pm - 9pm)

5/7: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 7 of 8 (Mon 6pm - 9pm)

5/9: KCFD 44 CERT: Class 8 of 8 (Wed 6pm - 9pm)

5/10: Car Seat Inspections at Auburn Hospital

5/10 - 5/16: Tim will be out of town

5/23: Tim will be teaching CERT Animal Response 1 in Renton

5/27: Public First Aid / CPR class. Contact Tim at 253-876-6788 for more info and to sign up.

6/6: Tim will be teaching CERT Animal Response 1 in Renton

Chief Smith March 30, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I would really like to thank all the mutual aid companies for the help. These types of operations require lots of additional engines to shuttle water. The mutual assistance that the Departments in King County lend to each other enables us all to be more effective. The firefighters work together as a team. Not only did we not have water available, we had to lay 2,000 feet of supply line from the road to the fire location. The Auburn crew had every single inch of hose off its engine, all of this to be cleaned of mud and dirt before it could go back on the engine. While we lost the Barn, everyone worked very hard and no injuries occured. Thanks again to those who assited. Lest we forget Kent Fire and Maple Valley Fire for standing by in our District to cover any concurrent calls. I will guess most folks do not even know we all help out each other all the time. This makes our greater community safer for all.

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