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Jul 24, 2014 11:04 AM by Joe Huisinga - Great Falls

Fort Shaw fire chief in critical condition after crash

GREAT FALLS -- The Fort Shaw Fire Department has confirmed that the firefighter injured in Tuesday's crash near Vaughn was Department Chief Dave Anderson.

Fort Shaw fire officials tell us that Anderson was last listed in critical condition at Benefis hospital for injuries to his chest.

The trucks collided while responding to a grass fire near Vaughn; one was a brush truck and the driver of that vehicle was not injured.

The other was a water tender truck driven by Anderson; the truck tipped on its side and Anderson had to be extricated from the wreck and was then taken to Benefis hospital by ambulance; at the time, he was alert and talking.

Fort Shaw is currently using a brush truck from Simms to replace one of the vehicles and will be more dependent on mutual aid from other departments until its water tender truck can be replaced.

Law enforcement is still investigating to determine how the crash happened.

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