We Remember

The Hovland Fire Dept. volunteers gathered with several members of our community to remember, honor, and reflect upon all the lives lost during 9/11. Pastor Kris Garey led with a prayer, and Asst. Chief Terry Spieker gave a moving talk about the importance of brotherhood among emergency responders.

And we followed it all up with more joyful conversations over coffee and donuts.

Thank you all for coming.

And a good time was had by all

To celebrate the warmer weather and our new fire truck, Hovland Fire hosted an open house for everyone in the neighborhood. We grilled brats and hotdogs and stood around admiring our new fire engine. Everyone was happy to see the faces of their neighbors that had been hidden behind face masks for the past year.

Thanks to you, WE GOT IT!!!

The HOVLAND AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. is proud to announce the addition of a new fire truck to our fleet of emergency response vehicles!

Assistant Chief Terry Spieker with our new fire engine

We are grateful to the North Shore Health Care Foundation for their significant grant award, as well as to Boreal Community Media and KBJR News for their support and assistance in spreading the news of our fundraising efforts.

Our deepest thanks go out to all the community members of Hovland, Cook County, and beyond for their immediate and generous response to our call for assistance. Because of their contributions, we exceeded our monetary goal, allowing us to not only purchase the fire engine, but to outfit it with the proper safety equipment.

To celebrate our good fortune, we invite you to stop by the Hovland Fire Hall for an informal outdoor gathering on Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd. We will have our new truck on display and will be grilling out for all our supporters. Come join us between 11:00am and 2:00pm. We are located at 5059 East Highway 61 in Hovland.

We’re getting a new fire engine!

In the midst of all of our building plans, a great opportunity has suddenly sprung up. We have the chance to replace our 37-year old fire truck with a much newer, “gently used” truck from the Bloomington Fire Department.  The used truck being offered to us was appraised at $50,000, but they are willing to help small rural departments like ours and are offering it to us for $20,000. Considering the cost of many new engines ranges between $400,000-$500,000, this is an amazing opportunity, and a hard deal to pass up!

The problem is that we have been budgeting our funds for building construction and general maintenance on our current fire hall and equipment. We hadn’t allocated any funds for a new truck, so we are asking for your help in making this important purchase. We cannot do this without your help!

We have secured partial funding through the generous support of the North Shore Health Care Foundation, who has funded many grants to public services within Cook County. And we greatly appreciate the continued assistance of larger fire departments such as Bloomington FD. Their donations of fire gear and opportunities to purchase used equipment provide significant savings for our fire department.

But we need your help! How can you donate? Just click on DONATIONS on the menu to the left. No amount is too small! No amount is too big! And don’t forget: Hovland Fire Dept. is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity, so your donation is tax deductible.

Thank you, and stay tuned for updates!

A new Fire Hall in the works!

After 10 years of planning, the Hovland Fire Department is well on its way to getting a new fire hall built!

We are teaming up with Morton Buildings to build a new hall that will be more than twice the size of our current hall. There will be room for all our fire trucks are response vehicles, have a large meeting room, and even boast running water!

New property located north and west of our current hall has been purchased, permits are being acquired, and we are having fun designing the interior layout of the hall. Excavation should begin after spring thaw, and we hope to have the exterior completed by fall.

Want to help? Stay tuned for updates, or help us furnish the business section with a donation.

HVFD welcomes new firefighters!

Hovland Fire Dept. celebrates the addition of 3 new firefighters to our department. All three are going through the Firefighter 1 and 2 training this winter, which is being taught by Jeff Mayer of Advanced MN and our own Assistant Chief, Terry Spieker.

Who are behind those masks? Terry S, John V, Bob S, and Danessa S

Bob Svaleson joined our department in 2018 and has been busy cross- training with our STOP team and getting his EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) certification.

John and Judi (not pictured) Vitek are relative newcomers to the Hovland area, but are not new to the county! John is training in as a firefighter, and Judi is a welcome addition to our STOP Team.

Danessa Schmidt is the true newcomer – both to our neighborhood and our department. It’s great to get a female firefighter back in the department!

9/11: Honoring those who answered the call

On Sept. 11, 2001, hundreds of emergency responders answered the call when planes struck the World Trade Center towers in New York. Hundreds of firefighters, medical responders and police officers died that day and continue to have health problems today.

We honor them today. We will never forget their sacrifice.

Annual Meeting & Potluck

Please join the members and families of the Hovland Volunteer Fire Department as we celebrate another year gone by! We are hosting a barbeque/potluck at the Hovland Town Hall on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:00pm.

Catch up on what we’ve been doing in the past year, and what we hope to accomplish in the year ahead. Ask questions of our responders, or just thank them for a job well done. You can also nominate new members for our Board and vote on Board positions.

Bring your favorite dish to share – we are providing hamburgers and brats for everyone!

Please contact us if you have any questions. Our email is HovlandFire@boreal.org