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

Carla Gillespie, Secretary
Winner of the 2012 "Citizen of
the Year" award along with her husband Mark.

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.

The Howard Volunteer Fire Department has been open around the clock since Sunday, July 10, 2016
to provide shelter and food for evacuees and firefighters fighting the Hayden Pass fire.

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army have been at HVFD Station on Hwy. 50 to assist.
HVFD will be providing sustenance and support until further notice.

Currently, HVFD is on stand-by notice.

HVFD would like to thank the community for all the donations to help those affected by the Hayden Pass fire.
The response has been wonderful.

HVFD members and volunteers have been working tirelessly to prepare food, sort and categorize donations,
and do whatever is necessary to assist those in need.

Donations of cash or checks would be greatly appreciated.
Checks should be made out to HVFD and indicate on the check for the Hayden Pass fire.
Checks can be brought or sent to the station, or the High Country Bank in Salida.

In a couple of days, we will post what supplies are still needed and what supplies need to be replenished.

A heart felt thank you for all the donations and support received.
In times of need, people rally and show their support anyway they can.

The Fremont County Environmental Health Services in Canon City has two handouts available at the station.
One handout is entitled, "Water Safety and Wildfires" provides information
regarding your water system, i.e., public water system, private well, & cistern.

The second handout has four parts; "Alert Fremont" registering your wireless phone number
to receive 911 emergency notification calls made to your neighborhood (go to:,
"Wildfire Recovery Guidance for Water Quality Issues," "Removing Smoke Odor From a Home,"
and "Food Safety After a Fire."

For anyone that needs one, there are business cards from Solvista Health
(mental health issues) who are available 24/7 for emergencies.

The Red Cross will be giving cleaning kits and instructions to evacuees when they return to their homes.

The Open House has been postponed until further notice due to the Hayden Pass fire.

HVFD Open House - Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

8274 U.S. Hwy. 50
Howard, CO

Come see Med Helicopters, AVA Ambulance, & Fire Trucks

-Free hamburgers & Free hot dogs-

Free HVFD caps and paper fold up fire trucks for the chidren, while they last.

A donation presentation will be made by the Pleasant Valley Club.


Open House Video 2015- Enjoy!

Congratulations Chief Ogden!

(Left to right)
Mike Steward, Former 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.

HVFD welcomes Carla as our new secretary replacing Mike Steward when he retired on December 31, 2014.

We appreciate Carla giving of her time & talents to the Department.

In 2012 Carla and her husband Mark were the recipients of the "Citizen of the Year" award.

Thank you for volunteering for a very needed position.



HVFD new secretary, Carla Gillespie

Previous and upcoming Events

Alaska Salmon Bake

April 28, 2007


by Al's Alaska Seafood


Pancake Breakfast

May 30, 2016

Monday, Memorial Day

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

33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off

June 4th & 5th, 2016

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.

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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