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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: WA

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother firefighter Chief Chet Bauermeister. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Franklin County Fire District 4.

Name: Chet Bauermeister
Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 28
Date of Incident: 06/23/2010
Time of Incident: 1530hrs
Date of Death: 06/23/2010

Fire Department:
Franklin County Fire District 4
Address: 510 Bellflower RD, Mesa, WA 99343
Telephone: Pending
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Bauermeister passed away from injuries sustained at a mutual aid wildland fire call in neighboring Adams County when the Firecat (Snowcat conversion) fire apparatus he was operating in steep terrain flipped over backwards. Another firefighter on board the apparatus with Chief Bauermeister at the time, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Othello Community Hospital where he was treated and released.

Incident Location: Wahluke Slope area of the Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Chet Bauermeister Memorial Fund, Bank of Whitman, PO Box 2776, Pasco, WA 99302-2776

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Chet Bauermeister at

To date, 36 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 34 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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