Dan Ogden, Fire Chief
In 2004 received award, "In Appreciation for Your Dedicated Community Service to the Citizens of Howard."


Mike Steward, Secretary retired December 31, 2014.

Julie Bates, Treasurer
Winner of the "2010 Citizen of the Year" award.





Please call the Fremont County Sheriff's Office for FIRE BAN information
as it changes due to weather conditions.



  TO REPORT A FIRE in Howard call

942-4833 or 911

Notify HVFD @ 942-4833 before burning.
Please use caution when burning!
Please call 942-3082 for more information.

At HVFD we've made some major strides and had some serious on-the-job training. As you probably know, we had only one major fire in our district in the past 12 months. Although we were on the scene within four minutes of receiving the 911 notification, the restaurant was a total loss. HFVD firefighters did an excellent job of containing the fire and our mutual aid procedures worked well. Read more.

And, we're not just about fires; we averaged one major public event at Station #1 per month. We have aid agreements with all our neighbors, provide traffic control and highway safety for the Colorado State Patrol, Fremont County Sheriff's Office, and Chaffee County officials. Our Fire Station is a Red Cross Shelter and designated emergency operations center.

Emergency Medical Responder Training Course at HVFD, DRO Station #1 Training Area 8274 U.S. Highway 50 Howard, CO Read more.

Congratulations Chief Ogden!

(Left to right)
Mike Steward, Secretary
Dan Ogden, Sr., Chief
Julie Bates, Treasurer

Dan Ogden, HVFD Chief was presented with two awards at the Pancake Breakfast held on August 25, 2012.
One award was for his 35 years of outstanding leadership and service.
The other award was the dedication of Fire Station #1.

Howard Volunteer Fire Department's Secretary, Mike Steward retired after many productive years as Secretary of the Department on
December 31, 2014.
His selfless service proved to be extremely beneficial to the Department as well as to all the residents of Howard.
His dedication is appreciated beyond words. He will be greatly missed at the station by all.

Dan Ogden, HVFD Chief, presenting Mike his retirement
plaque for all his dedicated service throughout the years
at the HVFD Christmas Celebration and Retirement Dinner.

Previous and upcoming Events

Alaska Salmon Bake

April 28, 2007


by Al's Alaska Seafood


Pancake Breakfast

May 26, 2014

Monday, Memorial Day

Click on the pancake ingredients to see pictures of this year's event & of past events.

31st Annual Chili Cook-Off

June 7th & 8th, 2014

Saturday & Sunday

Click on the red chilis to see pictures of this
year's events & of past events.





The HVFD received monies through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters grant (FEMA) to purchase necessary equipment, protective gear, and training. Raymond Maxwell, Frank Phelps and several other firemen volunteers built open lockers at the rear of the firehouse across part of the back and side walls to house the firemen's protective gear.


HVFD's new 3,000 Gallon Tender


Howard Volunteer Fire Department accepts title to a 3,000 gallon tender purchased from Wet Mountain Fire Protection District.

Shown are HVFD Officers Dan Ogden and Mike Steward receiving title from Dave Tonsing and John Tillotson from Wet Mountain Fire Protection District.

Doris Ragan selling books from the Howard Lending Library
located upstairs in the HVFD & Community Center building.

At the HVFD meeting on July 6, 2010, Mr. & Mrs. Abbadusky presented Dan Ogden, HVFD Fire Chief with an American flag that was flown over one of Saddam Hussein's palaces, along with a plaque that was given to the Abbaduskys by the Joint Combat Camera Forces Iraq. The inscription on the plaque reads,

"This flag was flown over Al Faw Palace, Baghdad, Iraq on 29 March 2006 in honor of the Abbadusky family.

The Qasr al Faw Palace was one of Saddam's newer palaces. The Al Faw Palace is named after a southern town that was occupied by the Iranians and then won back in a bloody siege that cost thousands of lives. It is set on an artificial lake, so still it looks like blue-green glass. All around the lake are Roman-style villas. Saddam reportedly had the palace built to commemorate his nation's "victory" over Iran. He would bring guests there to watch or hunt the wildlife and relax by the lakes.

Please accept this flag as a small token of appreciation for the support rendered to the deployed members of Combat Camera Forces Iraq"

Joint Combat Camera Forces Iraq
Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Information Operations

UPDATE: Mr. Abbadusky has since passed away. The flag is proudly on display hanging inside the HVFD / Community Center.

The South Arkansas Fire Protection District personnel donated a 1973 Dodge wildland fire fighting truck to our department. Several of our members, Dan Ogden, Mike Steward, Frank Phelps, Julie Bates, & Roger Stromberg were in Salida to thank the board members for this most appreciated donation. This truck can carry about 250 gallons of water and will be a most needed addition to the other two wildfire trucks ( that are older) that we have been using.

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