Fire Department



The Village of Howard has an award winning paid-on-call fire department, which utilizes a full-time Fire Chief, Dennis Staeven, and Assistant Fire Chief, Jeff Steinhorst, with an authorized strength of 50 paid-on-call firefighters.

The village also provides medical first responders for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) incidents. These responders are dispatched with the contracted private ambulance company. All three public safety branches can be reached in time of emergency by calling 911.


The Village of Howard Fire Rescue Department is dedicated to consistently providing superior emergency, safety and educational services for our customers. The department will constantly strive to gain and hold the respect and loyalty of our stakeholders.


We will exceed the expectations of our citizens by preventing harm, caring for the community and ourselves, always being ready, committed, and professional in our manner. 

Values Statement

Customer satisfaction is our top priority, we will provide the best possible service to our community through Professionalism, Performance and Safe Disciplined execution. 
    As Professional Firefighters, we expect the highest ethical and moral behaviors that are consistent with the principles and standards that guide the department. 
    To our Firefighters, Performance is of the utmost importance. Through Performance, we strive to be an exemplary organization based on integrity, teamwork and caring. 
    Our Disciplined Firefighters are our most valuable assets. We must take care of each other physically and mentally. We are a family, our issues are a priority.