The Hygiene Volunteer Fire Department was established by a group of local farmers and ranchers in 1960. The department's first fire apparatus was constructed out of an old Jeep willies upon which a pump and tank were mounted. The Hygiene Fire Protection District was initially a “Fires Only” department but over the last 58 years with changes to the station, apparatus and members HFPD now response to a wide variety of emergencies.
HFPD services a population of 4,500 residents who live within our 55-square mile district. In 2017 Hygiene Fire Department responded to 298 calls for assistance for incidents including structure fires, EMS incidents, hazardous material incidents, utility issues, wildland fires, car accidents/fires/extrication and technical rescues. HFPD also responds to and has automatic and/or mutual-aid agreements with multiple surrounding districts including Left Hand, Lyons, Longmont, Boulder Rural and Mountain View Fire Departments.
In 2018 a decision by the board of directors would bring in additional members to start working as “Reserves”. The goal is to have Firefighters and EMT’s at the station for 12 up to 48 hours at a time. This not only improves our response times and coverage for our district, but it also allows for improved training and membership involvement. HFPD is now better equipped to serve those who rely on our efforts. In April of 2018 the Reserve Shift program officially started, and is continuing to grow.
The fire department has a total of 60 personnel including Reserve and Volunteer Firefighters, Wildland Mitigation Coordinators, Fire Marshal/Fire Investigator, EMS Training Coordinator, Training Captain, an Assistant Chief and Fire Chief provide leadership within the HFPD.
The Department currently operates two Type I Structure Engines, a Type 3 Wildland/Structure Engine, two Tactical Type 2 Water Tenders, two Type 6 Wildland Engines, one Quick Response Vehicle, one Utility 4x4 Vehicle, one Side by Side 4x4 Quick Response Vehicle, a Rescue Boat and Jet ski for water related incidents and a Command Vehicle.
Throughout Hygiene’s many years as a volunteer fire department, we have dedicated ourselves to our community, and its members. We strive to uphold the highest standard of excellence in the many forms of care we give.