Todd Allen Rummel

Chief Rummel was driving a fire apparatus on a 2002 International Chassis back from recent repairs at a maintenance facility. He was travelling at approximately 55 miles per hour when the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure. Chief Rummel was unable to control the vehicle.

A pickup truck approaching from the other direction attempted to swerve out of the path of the fire apparatus but was unsuccessful. The fuel tank on the fire truck was pierced and fuel was released. Both the fire truck and the pickup caught fire.

The crash resulted in 6 deaths, 5 in the pickup including 3 children, and Chief Rummel.

A recall was issued by Navistar Inc. for International 4800 trucks built between June, 1999 and May, 2002 that are equipped with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases.

Incident Location: Highway 287/12, 10 miles east of Helena (MM55) (Approx U.S. National Grid: 12T VS 3651 5802)

Department Information

Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 444, 13 East Date ST
U.S. National Grid: 12T VR 5720 8220
Three Forks, Montana 59752

Chief: Keith Aune

Todd Allen Rummel was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 43 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jun 19, 2014 21:00
Date of death: Jun 19, 2014 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty 
Fixed property use: Street/Road