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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 58th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Dave "Chief 5" Anderson 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 Fort Shaw Fire Department.

Dave "Chief 5" Anderson

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 66
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 45

Date of Incident: 07/22/2014
Time of Incident: 1000hrs
Date of Death: 08/25/2014

Fire Department: Fort Shaw Fire Department
Address: P.O. Box #68, 140 Campbell Street, Ft. Shaw, Mt. 59443
Fire Department Chief: Assistant Chief/Acting Chief Craig Askeland

Incident Description: Several weeks after being injured in a collision between two Fort Shaw fire trucks responding to a grass fire near Vaughn, Montana, Fire Chief Anderson passed away in Peace Hospice of Great Falls. According to media reports, Montana Highway Patrol said the driver of the other truck, a brush truck, missed a turnoff en route to the fire and was making a U-turn when Anderson crashed into him. The water tender (tanker) truck driven by Anderson tipped on its side and Anderson had to be extricated from the wreck. He was then transported to the hospital by ambulance. Anderson was later transferred to a Billings rehabilitation facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury, and then transferred to Peace Hospice. The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident was not injured.

Incident Location: Hwy 89 near Vaughn, MT

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Dave "Chief 5" Anderson at

To date, 58 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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