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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - West Fork, ME

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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name: Brian Rowe

Rank: Fire Chief

Age: 66

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: Pending

Date of Incident: 03/05/2010

Time of Incident: 2215hrs

Date of Death: 03/05/2010

Fire Department: West Fork Volunteer Fire Department

Address: PO Box 14, RT 201, West Fork, ME 04985

Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Rowe suffered a heart attack and died while en route to a rescue call involving a fatal snowmobile accident. The West Forks Fire and Rescue emergency medical personnel who had been at the snowmobile accident came to Rowe’s aid and performed lifesaving measures, but Rowe succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: Interconnecting Snowmobile Trail 87 near Moxie Pond.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Fire Chief Brian Rowe at

To date, 12 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 11 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 1 from a previous year incident.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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