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

Dan Thompson, Secretary
"I hope to help keep the HVFD working smoothly."


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






Due to Covid 19, our annual Memorial Day Breakfast and our Chili Cook-Off have ben canceled.


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.




Mike Steward

It is with great sorrow that I tell of Mike Steward's passing. He died on Thursday, August 4, 2016 after complications from surgery. He was a most valued member of HVFD for 16 years. His contributions as Secretary of the Department were immeasurable. One of his many duties was arranging training for the active firemen volunteers, he stayed all night at the station when we remained open 24 hours for the evacuees of the Hayden Pass fire, was an active participant in the pancake breakfasts and chili cook-offs throughout the years, and was always available when ever needed.

Mike received the "Citizen of the Year" award in 2004. He played a major role in designing and constructing the fire station / community center sign and played a major role in implementing projects for the station.

Mike lived in Howard for 24 years. He moved here with his wife Sharon from Denver in 1992. A memorial Service will be held for Mike at the Fire Station on Hwy. 50 in Howard on Wednesday, August 17th at 12:00 p.m. A roast beef luncheon will be served afterwards. Mike will be greatly missed by many.


Note: Due to Covid 19, the upcoming Pancake Breakfast & the Chili Cook-Off have been canceled.

(We will keep you posted of any events in the future.)

Previous Events

Alaska Salmon Bake

April 28, 2007


by Al's Alaska Seafood


Pancake Breakfast

May 25, 2020

Monday, Memorial Day

Click on the pancake ingredients for more information and to see pictures
of past events.

37th Annual Chili Cook-Off

June 13th & 14th, 2020

Saturday & Sunday

Click on the red chilis for more information
and to see pictures of past events.





HVFD received donations and cooked meals for the Hayden Pass fire evacuees, workers, & firefighters.

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.

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.


HVFD was on stand-by notice during the Hayden Pass Fire and the station was open around the clock providing shelter and provisions for evacuees, workers & firefighters. Three meals a day were served daily for as long as was needed, free of charge. Firefighters of the Blue Team signed their names to the Hayden Pass Fire T-shirt, as did the Forest Service firefighters and both T-shirts were presented to
the Howard Volunteer Fire Department for all their assistance.


At the HVFD board meeting Wednesday, August 10, 2016 a $500.00 check from the Pleasant Valley Club was presented to Chief Dan Ogden and Treasurer Julie Bates by Debra Krizmanich, President of the Pleasant Valley Club and Eileen Owens, a club member and past president.

A special "THANK YOU" for a very generous donation.


2016 HVFD Open House

8274 U.S. Hwy. 50
Howard, CO

Med Helicopters, AVA Ambulance, & Fire Trucks were on display

-Free hamburgers & Free hot dogs-

Free paper fold up fire trucks for the chidren, while they lasted.


Open House Video 2015- Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oQypY7TBNg

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.

Dan Ogden, HVFD Chief, presenting Mike Steward his retirement
plaque for all his dedicated service throughout the years
at the HVFD Christmas Celebration and Retirement Dinner.
Mike retired on Dec. 31, 2014
Mike passed away on Aug. 4, 2016

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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