Spokane County has double the rate of fatal falls compared to the entire state, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. This is one reason why both Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire hope to reduce that number through a new pilot program. For both the departments, falls are their top medical calls.
A tone rang through Spokane Valley Fire Department Station 9 on Sunday – it was a call for a fall.
“I was in the barn and I tripped over a trailer. When I tripped over it, I broke my right hip,” Waters said.
He was alone when he fell and broke his hip. It took mere minutes for help to arrive once he got in touch with his wife and she called 911.
Almost three years ago, a call like that came through the speakers, alerting firefighters to get to Randy Water’s home.