Founded in 1890, the Howard Volunteer Fire Company consisted of a small force of men and boys would gather at the ringing of the bell in the old, high-towered fire house.
Their equipment consisted of a four wheeled ladder wagon made locally by converting a light farm wagon. A single tongue with several handles and ropes attached at the front comers enabled the stronger men to race through the alleys as fast as they could run. The only other piece of apparatus was a two wheeled hose cart, sometimes pulled by hand and sometimes by Harold "Dizzy" Mayes 'car if it was parked handy. It too was probably homemade by one of the many skilled wood craftsmen living in the community around the turn of the Century.
There were several disasterous fires in the late 20s and 30s. Large insitutions in the community such as the Catholic Church, Furnace School, and Howard Elementary school were we claimed by these fires. These great losses caused the business men and other leaders in the community to recognize a need for better fire protection within the small town. Prominent among these leaders was a civic minded young man named John Kling Yearick. Despite a difficult economy, Mr. Yearick and his fellow workers perservered with fundraising and direct solicitations to purchase the town's first motorized fire apparatus . In 1938 the Howard Fire Company purchased a new 1 1/2 ton Chevy truck with the latest firefighting equipment on it. The company continued to improve to improve its equipment over the next 23 years.
By the 1960s the fire equipment was over 20 years old and had been repaired and patched up many times. The company decided something needed to be done to update its existing resources.This decision led to a venture that far surpassed anything ever attempted in Howard. The plan was to purchase the old matress factory from the Muffly Family, restructure it into a two truck fire station with an adjoining kitchen and banquet hall. The plan also included the purchase of a new 1961 high pressure pumper to be housed in the new building. Over the next 20 years, 2 more tanker trucks as well as an addition to house both of the engines helped grow the company into a stronger firefighting force.
Howard Volunteer Fire Company 14
Howard Volunteer Fire Company Officers 2017
President: Mark Ott
Vice President: Rich Moyle
Treasurer: Stacy Mann
Financial Secretary: Troy McCurdy
Recording Secretary: Bobby Yearick
Trustees: Clayton Gardner, Skip Wolf, Josh Collins
VP of Fund Development: George Demchak
Marketing Planner: Bobby and Holly Yearick
Chief 14: Collin Alterio
1st Deputy Chief 14-1: Josh Collins
2nd Assistant Chief 14-2: Rich Moyle
3rd Assistant Chief 14-3: Zach Brownson
Captain 14-1: Tim Flick
Captain 14-2: Tyler Penland
Lieutenant 14-1: Caleb Kelley
EMS Captain 14-1: Rich Moyle
Fire Police Captain 14-1: John Rougeux
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