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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 56th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Safety Officer Douglas James Casson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department.

Douglas James Casson

Rank: Saftey Officer
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 08/06/2014
Time of Incident: 0200hrs
Date of Death: 08/06/2014

Fire Department: Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 380 Post Avenue, Vaughn, MT 59487
Fire Department Chief: Jason McAllister

Incident Description: Safety Officer Douglas Casson completed fire department training that included non-routine physical activity at 2200hrs on Tuesday, August, 5, 2014. Casson passed away at 0200hrs on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at his residence.

Incident Location: Great Falls, MT

Tribute is being paid to Saftey Officer Douglas James Casson at

To date, 56 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2014. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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