Dave “Chief 5” Anderson

Chief Anderson was driving a tanker (tender) to a wildland fire. He was involved in a collision with a brush truck responding to the same incident. The tanker rolled on its side as a result of the crash and Chief Anderson had to be extricated. He was transported to the hospital then to a regional care facility specializing in traumatic brain injuries. Chief Anderson died as a result of his injuries on August 25, 2014.

Incident Location: Hwy 89 near Vaughn, MT (U.S. National Grid: 12T VT 578 669)

Department Information

Fort Shaw Fire Department
P.O. Box #68, 140 Campbell Street
U.S. National Grid: 12T VT 387 620
Fort Shaw, Montana 59443

Chief: Assist Chief/Acting Chief Craig Askeland

Dave “Chief 5” Anderson 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.
Age: 66 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jul 22, 2014 10:00
Date of death: Aug 25, 2014 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: