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Garet Gardner Rasmussen

Acting Battalion Chief

On June 1, 2011, Chief Rasmussen was promoted to Battalion Chief as a temporary assignment. As part of the requirements of that position, he worked "Command Duty". Command Duty requires the duty officer to remain on-duty and available to respond to emergencies for a one week period that starts at 0800hrs on Wednesday morning, until the following Wednesday at 0800hrs. During the week, the duty officer will respond to emergencies from their homes after normal business hours. At the time of his death, Chief Rasmussen was starting the 5th day of his very first week of command duty. At about 0200hrs on Sunday morning, June 12, 2011, Battalion Chief Rasmussen was dispatched to an automobile crash with injuries. He was asleep at the time of the dispatch and the response distance was far from his residence. The vehicle crash scene could not be located and firefighters, including Chief Rasmussen, spent approximately 5-10 minutes searching the area. Despite the efforts of responders, the crash was never located and firefighters returned to quarters. Chief Rasmussen signed off the radio and returned to his home at around 0230hrs. Some time shortly after arriving home, Chief Rasmussen sat down in a chair. He was discovered in the chair, unresponsive, by his spouse at approximately 0730hrs. Battalion Chief Rasmussen died as the result of a heart attack.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Garet Gardner Rasmussen was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Chelan County Fire District 1
206 Easy ST
USNG: 10T GT 0082 6096
Wenatchee, Washington 98801

Chief: Mike Burnett

Age: 38
Rank: Acting Battalion Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: June 12, 2011 01:55
Date of death: June 12, 2011
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: December 03, 2014