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.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, "an estimated 366,900 residential building fires were reported annually from 2010-2012, resulting in approximately 2,465 deaths, 13,400 injuries, and $7 billion in property losses. (That does not take into account property losses, deaths and injuries resulting from wildland fires.)
Fire is an ever-present danger and concern for all of us. It strikes without warning, in the dead of night or light of day, always when least expected. A fire doesn't care who you are or what you have; it will consume all within reach, then greedily spread and consume your neighbor and his property as well. Fires does not fight fair, either. It can kill at a distance with smoke and toxic gases. And you cannot fight it alone."
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Training Read more.

Open House Video - 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 25, 2015

Monday, Memorial Day

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

32nd Annual Chili Cook-Off

June 6th & 7th, 2015

Saturday & Sunday

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




HVFD Breakfast on Saturday, October 10, 2015 Read More

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Howard Volunteer Fire Department will host an OPEN HOUSE

at 8274 Highway 50 in Howard.

HVFD is inviting the community to come get acquainted with the department.

The Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Sangre de Cristo, and the Memorial Star Helicopter Service will be present to speak about their services.

Children and adults will have the opportunity to see how our trucks work and to climb on the trucks.

Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be served.

Hope to see you there!

Open House Video - Enjoy!

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.

Help support the Howard Volunteer Fire Department by shopping through ZamZuu. A percentage goes to the department and shoppers get cash back.

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