Training 9/22/2016


The Hovland VFD held a night time road scene training with a collision between a bicyclist and a pick up. This training was held on North Road.

All departments were called and responded. Fire Trucks, First Responders, STOP Team and Ambulance. This training, lead by Training Officer Joe Peterson, was a needed review of the coordinated effort and needed skills to maintain readiness.

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Joe Peterson explaining layout of victim and scene of the accident and response.


Training Office Field review. Then pack up and head back to the Fire Hall and for internal review.
Training Officer field review. Then pack up and head back to the Fire Hall and for an internal review.

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Annual Pot Luck Dinner

The Hovland Area Volunteer Fire Department held their annual community Pot Luck dinner and annual meeting last night at the Hovland Town Hall. Terry Spieker, Assistant Fire Chief presided over the gathering with brats and hamburgers and great food from all who attended.


Ken Bjorklund and Ben Petz were in charge of the brats and hamburgers
Pastor Kris Garey and Terry Spieker, Assistant Fire Chief
Even the kids had fun at the pot luck dinner
Terry Spieker – Assistant Fire Chief, officiated over the annual board meeting.

Training 7/28/2016

Joe Peterson, Training Officer, reviewed set up of water tender fire truck to holding tank and pumping systems for the E18 fire truck. This process was repeated so each firefighter had a chance to operate and manage pumping water from the holding tank to the pumping system of the E18 fire truck.

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Neil Slaughter, Jennifer Dowden, Joe Peterson, Keck Melby. and Charlie LaBoda (not pictured)
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Filling holding tank from the water tinder truck
Joe Peterson explaining how the system works


Fire Chief Charlie LaBoda managing the water tender flow


















John Barton – Communications Director is working with Rowan Watkins from the Cook County IT department in adjusting and calibrating the frequency of all the radios of the Hovland fire trucks and hand held radios. This new system allows county wide communications and also taps in the the state wide system.


Rowan Watkins calibrating the frequency of E18 fire truck



John Barton – Communications Director is reviewing updates to the system with Rowan Watkins

Training 7/14/2016

Al Taenzer, Evacuation Program Director and Joe Peterson, Training Officer held an evacuation training tonight at the Hovland Fire Department building, The members broke into 5 teams and headed to the east of the fire dept and contacted a list of home owners who were instructed on the procedures and evacuation routes had this been a real emergency.

Member of the Evacuation Program Training tonight


Kerry Leeds showed Bob Salo evacuation signs.












Charles Faust welcomed Kerry Leads and Ken Ken Bjorklund to his home



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Roger Opp and Patricia Hvidston


Roger and Margann Nebergall and grand daughter Madison thanks Team 5 for stopping by.

Training 6/23/16

Kerry Keeds held a S.T.O.P training on North road with the emphasizing a two lane event. The newest member, Bob Tamanaha was introduced to the S.T.O.P. team

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Joe Peterson, Training Officer, reviewed pumping systems for the E18 fire truck with Keck Melby,  Neil Slaughter, Treg Axtell, Charlie LaBoda and Terry Spieker.


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