Three Forks Fire Department
Media Release

Three Forks, MT – At approximately 9:00 PM on June 19, 2014 Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel, while operating Three Forks Engine 14-12, was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Highway 287 East of Helena.  Chief Rummel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Memorial Services for Chief Rummel will be held at the Three Forks High School on Wednesday June 25, 2014.  Services will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. Public Safety Staging will be located at Headwaters Livestock. Staging point of contact will be Ross Johnson at 406-579-6667 or grrfd@littleappletech.com

More details of the memorial service will be made available in the next few days.

The Three Forks Fire Department family wishes to extend its condolences to the family and friends of all of the victims in this tragic incident.

Donations in honor of Chief Rummel may be made at any of the Manhattan State Bank branches. Flowers may be sent to the Three Forks Fire Department at 13 Date Street, Three Forks, Montana, 59752.

The Todd Rummel Memorial Facebook page can be viewed at www.facebook.com/rummelmemorial

Questions related to the accident scene investigation should be directed to the Montana Highway Patrol.

Media point of contact is Brad Eastty, Three Forks Fire Department at (406) 451-6099 or tffire@live.com.

Three Forks Fire Chief Killed in Accident

Three Forks Fire Department

Media Release

Three Forks, MT – At approximately 9:00 PM on June 19, 2014 Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel, while operating Three Forks Engine 14-12, was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident on Highway 287 East of Helena.  Chief Rummel was pronounced dead at the scene.  Point of contact is Three Forks Fire Department at (406) 451-6099 or tffire@live.com.

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Black Line Buttress Rescue

On June 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm, the Alpine Rescue team along with members of Big Sky Search and Rescue, and a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy, were conducting scheduled training exercises at House Rock on the Gallatin River near mile marker 62 of Highway 191.  A vehicle approached the deputy near the pull-off at this location and the man told the deputy that his girlfriend had been involved in a climbing accident nearby, falling 25’ and injuring her arm and back.

The reporting party identified the location as Black Line Buttress, a popular rock climbing destination located in the Canyon section of Gallatin County approximately ¼ mile from the training location.  The SAR team located on the East side of the river responded immediately, arriving at the victim’s location 11 minutes later.  The remaining SAR team staged at the Lava Lake parking lot to meet up with additional Big Sky SAR and Big Sky Fire Department personnel who were arriving with additional rescue gear.  Additional SAR responders left the staging area arriving approximately 18 minutes later with those additional medical supplies.

The victim, a 24 year old female visiting from Maine, had suffered a badly broken arm and a back injury.  SAR and Big Sky Fire Department personnel treated those injuries, immobilized the victim and transported her down the mountain to the staging area where Summit air was standing by.  The victim was then transferred to the care of Summit Air personnel and flown to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman for further treatment.

According to the reporting party, the victim and he were not very familiar with the area they were climbing and were unaware that the repel they were attempting required two separate repels.  The Sheriff’s office reminds everyone to always climb with a companion, check your gear, and familiarize yourself with the area you are climbing.

Sheriff’s SAR Team’s Training Turns Real

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(Gallatin County, Mont.)

On June 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm, the Alpine Rescue team along with other members of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky, were conducting scheduled training exercises at House Rock on the Gallatin River. A vehicle approached the Deputy there and stated that his girlfriend had been involved in a climbing accident nearby, falling 25’ and injuring her arm and back.

The reporting party identified the location as Black Line Buttress, a popular rock climbing destination located in the Gallatin Canyon approximately ¼ mile from where the teams were training. A small SAR team responded immediately, arriving at the victim’s location 11 minutes later. The remaining SAR team staged at the Lava Lake parking lot to meet up with Big Sky Fire Department and other Sheriff’s SAR personnel who were arriving with additional rescue gear. Additional SAR responders left the staging area arriving approximately 18 minutes later with those additional medical supplies.

The victim, a 24 year old female visiting from Maine, had suffered a badly broken arm and a back injury. Sheriff’s SAR and Big Sky Fire Department personnel treated those injuries, immobilized the victim and transported her down the mountain to the staging area where Summit air was standing by. The victim was then transferred to the care of Summit Air personnel and flown to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman for further treatment.

According to the reporting party, the victim and he were not very familiar with the area they were climbing and were unaware that the repel they were attempting required two separate repels. The Sheriff’s office reminds everyone to always climb with a companion, check your gear, and familiarize yourself with the area you are climbing.#####