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Alan Dean Basso


On the morning of Friday, November 27, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Alan Basso responded to two medical emergency calls, the last one dispatched at 0848hrs. Later that day, at 1355hrs, Basso was driving in the downtown area of Kalama when his vehicle collided with several parked vehicles. He was unconscious and not breathing, suffering a cardiac arrest. Citizen CPR was immediately initiated by a nearby off-duty Portland firefighter, 911 was summonsed, and Cowlitz County Fire District 5 resources arrived on-scene. Immediate advance life support measures were administered, and Basso was then transported to PeaceHealth St. Johns Medical Center where, despite all efforts, he was pronounced deceased. 

Firefighter/EMT Basso’s service work history includes five years with the Washington Department of Natural Resources as a seasonal firefighter, one year with Washington State University as a firefighter, 2 ½ years with Cowlitz County Fire District 5 as a career firefighter, 21 years with Cowlitz County Fire District 5 as a volunteer firefighter and Captain, and 21 ½ years as a career firefighter and Lieutenant with the City of Longview Fire Department.

Incident Location: Kalama, Washington

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Department information

Cowlitz County Fire District 5
P.O. Box 280
382 NE Frontage Road
Kalama, Washington 98625

Chief: Victor Leatzow

Age: 59
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 27, 2020 08:48
Date of death: November 27, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Unknown
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: December 04, 2020

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