2005







10/08/05
    Held benefit Pie/Cake Walk at the Pollard Substation.

10/05/05

    We received official notification that our department has been awarded an 80/20 matching grant and a 50/50 matching grant through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.  The 80/20 grant for $5,789.00 must be matched with $1,447.25 in local matching funds.  The money will be used to construct a meeting/training room at the Haworth Fire Station, Install central heat/air, and finish a kitchenette.  The 50/50 grant for $2,500.00 must be matched with $2,500.00 in local matching funds.  This money will be used to purchase 4 new handheld radios, re-coordinate the department's radio frequencies, and purchase a new set of duplexors for the department's repeater system.  This will improve the performance of the department's communications system.

09/26/05

    We received the following pictures of our nearly completed pumper/tanker from Rosenbauer.  Ed Beene at Emergency Vehicles of Texas advised that the apparatus should be completed in about two weeks.  It will then be shipped to Fort Worth for the final detail work, then delivered to our department.









09/26/05

    We received a $600 grant from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

07/19/05
    Met with FEMA representative for audits of the 2003 and 2004 FIRE Act grants awarded to the department.  No discrepancies were noted. 

07/07/05
    The overhead doors were installed in the new Redland Substation.

06/25-26/05
    Installed Siding on new Redland Substation.

06/18-19/05
    Erected steel framework for new Redland Substation.

06/09/05
    Responded to a single vehicle rollover accident with one fatality South of Haworth.  First time new Amkus extrication tools used.

06/08/05
    Poured concrete foundation for new Redland Substation.

06/07/05
    Floyd Middleton appointed Fire Chief by Town of Haworth's Board of Trustees.

04/19/05
    Purchased materials to build new Redland Substation.

04/12/05
    New Amkus hydraulic extrication tools delivered.  Held vehicle extrication training at Haworth.

04/02/05
    Participated in the Annual Volunteer Firefighter Challenge at the Dogwood Days Festival in Idabel, OK.  The Haworth team won 2nd Place.  The Haworth Junior Firefighter team placed 4th in the competition.

03/22/05
    Ordered new Amkus hydraulic extrication tools from Wayest Safety in Tulsa, OK.

03/05/05
    Held LifeNet Air Ground Safety School at Haworth.

02/19/05
    Selected location for new Redland Substation.  The facility will be built beside the Redland Community Center.

02/03/05
    Sold the 1972 Ford/Hahn pumper to the Millerton Volunteer Fire Department.




01/08/05
    1985 Ford/FMC pumper delivered.  The pumper, designated Engine-2, was purchased from the Oxbow Fire Department in Oxbow, NY for $5,000.






 

2004


12/18/04
    Members of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department met with representatives from Emergency Vehicles of Texas and signed the contract on the purchase of the new Rosenbauer Pumper/Tanker.  The new apparatus will be a 2005 Freightliner, equipped with a 1,000 GPM pump, a 2,500 gallon tank, a Compressed Air Foam System, and an assortment of equipment.  The total contract price is $237,500.

10/29/04
    The Department of Homeland Security notified the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department that it had been awarded a 2004 FIRE Act grant.  The grant will be used to purchase a new Pumper/Tanker.  The federal government will provide $212,850 and the HVFD must provide at least $23,650 in local matching money.

10/14/04
    Firefighters attended the Parent Meeting at the Little Dixie Headstart and presented a "Fire Safety Program."

10/08/04
    Members of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department held the annual "Fire Prevention Program" at Little Dixie Headstart in Haworth.

10/06/04
    Members of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department held the annual "Fire Prevention Program" at Haworth Elementary School.

10/04/04
    Members of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department held a "Fire Prevention Program" at Denison Elementary School in Idabel, OK.

07/19/04
    The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department held a benefit Pie/Cake Auction at the Haworth School Cafeteria in conjunction with the McCurtain County Democratic Party's Political Speaking.  Proceeds from the benefit will be used to construct a new substation in the Redland area.

07/19/04
    The Department received official notification that it had been awarded an Automated External Defibrillator through the Oklahoma Department of Health.

04/03/04
    Haworth Volunteer Fire Department members Vic Marsh, Floyd Middleton, Chad Wright, Eric Jackson, and Donnie Gray, Jr. participated in the 6th Annual Volunteer Firefighter Challenge at the Idabel Chamber of Commerce's Dogwood Days Festival.  The Haworth team won 1st Place.

03/02/04
    The Board of Trustees for the Town of Haworth voted to confirm the appointment of Vic Marsh as Fire Chief.


02/03/04
    Jeff Boyd resigned as Fire Chief.  Vic Marsh appointed Acting Fire Chief.







2003


 
12/09/03
    The Department's new SCBA compressor, fill station and cascade system was installed and placed in service.

12/06/03
    Department members participated in the Annual Haworth Christmas Parade.

12/05/03
    Students from the Haworth Elementary School's Kindergarten Class visited the Haworth Fire Station.

11/20/03
    15 sets of new Morning Pride bunker gear delivered.

11/19/03
    Bauer SCBA compressor and fill station delivered.

10/24/03
    Donated 5 surplus SCBA to the Ringold Volunteer Fire Department.

10/23/03
    Donated 4 surplus SCBA to the Sherwood Volunteer Fire Department.
    Donated 4 surplus SCBA to the Battiest Volunteer Fire Department.

10/21/03
    Held annual Fire Safety Program at Haworth Elementary School.

10/09/03
    Presented annual Fire Safety Program at Haworth Headstart Parents' Meeting.

10/06/03
    Members presented Fire Safety Program to 4-H group at Denison Elementary School.

10/04/03
    Members participated in Live Fire Training in Haworth.

10/02/03
    Cascade System SCBA refilling system delivered.

09/11/03
    Received 13 new Cairns helmets.

09/09/03
    Received 18 new Scott AirPak 50 SCBA and 18 spare aluminum cylinders.
    Firefighters measured for new bunker gear.
    Received 2 new Cairns helmets.

09/02/03
    Ordered new Bauer MIIV-E1 SCBA Breathing Air Compressor, CFSII-2S Fill Station, and 4-Bottle Cascade System from Tescorp Inc.

08/21/03
    Ordered 18 new Scott AirPak 50 SCBA and 18 spare aluminum cylinders from Wayest Safety.
    Ordered 15 new Cairns 660C Metro helmets from Casco Industries.

07/25/03
    Received official notification from FEMA that the Haworth Fire Department has been awarded a 2003 FIRE Act Grant for $117,450.00.  The grant will be used to purchase new SCBA, Spare Cylinders, Breathing Air Compressor, Fill Station, Cascade System, and Structural & Wildland Turnout Gear.

04/05/03
    Haworth Volunteer Fire Department members Floyd Middleton, Chad Wright, Chris Hall, Kyle Batson, and Donnie Gray, Jr. participated in the 5th Annual Volunteer Firefighter Challenge at the Idabel Chamber of Commerce's Dogwood Days Festival.
 
01/10/03
    Received used set of Hurst "Jaws of Life" from Ashland Fire Department, Ashland, MA.  This set of hydraulic extrication equipment was donated to the Haworth Fire Department.




2002


12/27/02
    A used set of Hurst hydraulic extrication equipment (Jaws of Life) was delivered.  The Department traded a new Uniden scanner to the Winchester Fire Department, Winchester, MA for this equipment.



12/07/02
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department participated in the annual Haworth Christmas Parade.



12/06/02
        The Kindergarten classes from Haworth Elementary visited the Haworth Fire Station.



12/03/02
        Floyd Middleton resigned as Chief of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department.  Middleton cited an increased work load at his regular job as his primary reason for resigning.  The Board of Trustees of the Town of Haworth appointed Jeff Boyd as the Department's new Chief.  Boyd has served on the department for six years.  Boyd appointed Middleton to the rank of Captain.



10/24/02
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of thirteen (13) new Motorola P1225 handheld radios and three (3) new Motorola M1225 mobile radios.  The radios were purchased with the assistance of the grants recently awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.






09/03/02
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department received notification that we have been awarded three (3) grants through the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.  Grant #1 is a Title II Matching Grant for $2,500.  This grant will be used to purchase eight (8) new handheld radios for the Department.  The Department must match this grant with an additional $2,500 of local funding, for a total project cost of $5,000.  Grant #2 is a National Fire Plan Grant for $2,500.  This grant will be used to purchase five (5) new handheld and three (3) new mobile radios for the Department.  The Department must match this grant with an additional $2,500 of local funding, for a total project cost of $5,000.  Grant #3 is an 80/20 Matching Grant for $6,000.  This grant will be used to purchase firefighting equipment.  The Department must match with grant with an additional $1,500 of local funding, for a total project cost of $7,500.



06/12/02
        The Plum Creek Foundation presented the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department with $2,500 to assist in the new wildland firefighting vehicle project.  



06/11/02
        Sam Scranton, Rural Fire Coordinator with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, visited the HVFD to inspect Truck-3.


Chief Middleton & Sam Scranton

Members of the HVFD with Sam Scranton






06/01/02
        The Annual Firetruck Show & Parade was held at Hugo, OK.  The Chief Middleton and Chad Wright entered the HVFD's new wildland firefighting vehicle (Truck-3).  The truck won the "Newest Firetruck" award.



04/27/02
        Tank-3 was involved in a collision while enroute to a fire.  The Tanker was entering a curve on a county road, when an approaching motorist went "left of center" and collided with the rear tires on the tractor.  The pickup then struck the tires on the trailer, breaking one of the axles.  The driver of the pickup was transported to the hospital, treated and released.  The driver of the Tanker was not injured.



04/23/02
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department's new 2002 Ford F-250 4x4 was delivered.



03/13/02
        The Haworth Volunteer Firefighters Association secured a $12,000 loan from the First State Bank of Idabel to complete the HVFD's new wildland firefighting vehicle project.  The proceeds from this loan will be combined with the recent grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the donation from Herron Industries to purchase the new 3/4 ton 4-wheel drive pickup and all the necessary firefighting equipment and accessories.


03/08/02
        Purchased a 1970 Ford/Young Pumper from the Short Tract Fire Department in Fillmore, New York for $2,000.  The pumper is equipped with a 1,000 gallon per minute pump and a 1,000 gallon tank.  The pumper also came with 5 SCBA, one spare bottle, a 35' extension ladder, and several bunker coats.  This pumper has been designated as Engine-1 and is stationed at the Redland Substation of the Haworth Fire Department.


03/06/02
        The Haworth Fire Department notified Insurance Services Office (ISO) of the establishment of the Pollard Substation.  Tom Geible, Public Protection Specialist, informed Department personnel that a recent change in ISO policy permits the addition of a "substation" without the lengthy and time-consuming verification process previously required.  Geible reported that the Pollard Substation was officially recognized as a "Class 9" fire station as of this date.  Pollard area residents (living within 5 road miles of the Pollard Substation) are encouraged to contact their insurance companies to verify that they are receiving the discounted premium rates.  If you, or your insurance agent, should have any questions, please feel free to contact Kirk at 245-2446.
        The members of the Haworth Fire Department would like to thank the members of the Pollard/Harris communities for their support of this project.


03/01/02
        The Haworth Fire Department sold the 1962 Chevrolet/Central States (ex-Engine-1) pumper to the Ringold Volunteer Fire Department.  This pumper was replaced with a 1970 Ford/Young pumper.



02/14/02
        Post Hydrant installed at Pollard.


02/13/02
        The Haworth Fire Department ordered a 2002  Ford  F-250, 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup from James Hodge Ford in Idabel, OK.  The equipment necessary to equip this truck as a wildland firefighting vehicle (pump, tank, hose reel, radio, lightbar, siren, etc.) was also ordered from various suppliers.



01/24/02
        Herron Industries donated $1,000 towards the purchase of the new wildland firefighting vehicle project.



01/17/02
        The Haworth Fire Department received official notification what we had been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  This grant will be used to purchase a new 3/4 ton 4-wheel drive pickup that will be used for a wildland firefighting vehicle.  Additional sources of funding for this project are being sought.




2001


04/07/01
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department participated in the annual Volunteer Firefighters Challenge, sponsored by the Idabel Chamber of Commerce during the Dogwood Days Festival in Idabel, Oklahoma.  The Haworth team won FIRST PLACE!  Team members were: Chief Floyd Middleton, Firefighters Stuart Cowart, Michael Carrell, and Chris Hall.  The Department was awarded $600.00 in prize money and possession of the trophy for one year for the 1st Place finish.
        The Department would like to thank all of the sponsors, spectators, and other participating departments (Idabel, Garvin, Eagletown, and Holly Creek).


02/18/01
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department was voted #1 in the "Best Volunteer Fire Department" category of the McCurtain Gazette's Readers' Choice Survey.



 
 

2000


12/08/00
        Students from Mrs. Maye's and Mrs. Lundry's Kindergarten classes at Haworth Elementary visited the Haworth Fire Station as part of their study of the letter "F".  Firefighters toured the students through the station and explained the department's apparatus and equipment.


10/16/00
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department's website has received its first award.  This site has been selected as the featured "Website of the Week" at http://www.agdomain.com for the week of October 16 - 22.  AgDomain, whose website focuses on agriculture and rural living, decided to honor a rural fire department in observance of the recent "Fire Prevention Week."
        We would like to personally thank AgDomain editor Paula Franke and the staff at AgDomain for this honor.
        If you would like to view the featured website page on their site, please click on the banner below.  To read AgDomain's review of our website, you must access the "Website of the Week Archive" after following the link below.


09/16/00
        James Pettiet, Worshipful Master of the Goodwater Masonic Lodge #148 presented a check for $2,000.00 to Haworth Fire Chief Floyd Middleton.  The money, which was a combination of the $1,000.00 matching funds from the Masonic Lodge and $1,000.00 of the proceeds raised at the August 5th benefit bean dinner, brings the total amount of money raised for the installation of a fire hydrant in Redland and the purchase of equipment for the Redland pumper to $2,368.00.
 


08/05/00
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department held a benefit bean dinner at the Haworth School cafeteria for the purpose of raising money for the installation of a regulation fire hydrant in the Redland area and to purchase equipment for the pumper stationed at the Redland Substation.  A total of $1,368.00 was raised at the benefit.

        We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the follow for their support of this fundraising event:

Donaldson's Redland Store
Haworth Service Station
Kates' Quick Stop
Haworth Country Store
Haworth Public School
Town of Haworth
Georgia-Pacific (Idabel Mill)
Catfish King of Idabel
Goodwater Masonic Lodge #148

and a very special "Thank You" to
Rita White

        We would also like to thank everyone that made deserts.  And, most importantly, we would like to thank everybody that attended the benefit and helped to make it such a huge success!


06/13/00
        D & M Chipping of Idabel donated a 1986 Ford 1-ton 4-wheel-drive pickup to the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department.  The truck (designated as Truck-3) will be equipped with a pump & tank and used for wildland fires.
 


05/23/00
        Milven Easton from Colebrook, Ohio contacted the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department regarding two pumpers (a 1963 International and a 1969 Ford) that he was attempting to sell.  Mr. Easton explained that he had been unable to sell them and needed to get them out of his shop.  He offered to donate the two pumpers to the Department if we were interested.  Chief Middleton contacted Mr. Easton and gratefully accepted the offer.  The pumpers were shipped to the Department and arrived in Idabel on June 9, 2000.  The 1969 Ford has been designated as Engine-5 and the 1963 International has been designated at Engine-6.

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1963 International and 1969 Ford


04/13/00
        Officials with the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department, along with Redland resident Norman Ranger, met with McCurtain County Rural Water District #1 Board of Directors concerning the possibility of installing a fire hydrant in the Redland area.  The proposed hydrant would provide the Department with a local water source for Tanker Shuttle Operations.  Board members approved the installation of the hydrant, with the stipulation that the community pay for the hydrant and other supplies needed for its installation.


03/30/00
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department accepted delivery of a 1974 Ford Pumper.  The pumper was purchased from the Craftsbury Fire Department in Craftsbury, Vermont for the price of $3,500.00.  The pumper (designated as Engine-4) is equipped with a 750 GPM pump and a 750 gallon booster tank.  The pumper is also equipped with a secondary high-pressure pump and foam system.


02/17/00
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department met with members of the Pollard community to discuss the possibility of establishing a Substation of the Haworth Volunteer Fire Department in that area.  Several members of the community were present and expressed great interest in the proposal.
        Department members proposed that if the residents in the Pollard area would select a  suitable location and construct the substation, the Department would place a "Class 9" pumper there.  Additionally, the Department would staff and maintain the Substation and the pumper.
        Pollard area residents attending the meeting agreed to the proposal and will select a location and begin construction as soon as possible.
        The proposed Substation would provide residents, within five (5) road miles, with a "Class 9" ISO rating.  Currently, area residents are considered a "Class 10", due to the fact that they reside further than 5 miles from the Department's main station located in the Town of Haworth.


02/15/00
        The Haworth Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce that it has finally received official confirmation from Insurance Services Office (ISO) that the Department's Redland Substation has been granted a "Class 9" ISO rating.  This announcement concludes a 9 month request and approval process.  The rating is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2000.
        The initial request to have the Redland Substation granted the Class 9 rating was submitted to ISO in May of 1999.  In October 1999, ISO Field Representative Larry Rickey visited the station to inspect the pumper, equipment, and records, all of which met or exceeded ISO requirements for the Class 9 rating.
        We would like to thank the residents in the Redland area for their support and their patience.  We would also like to thank the staff at ISO for their help and cooperation.