News & Announcements

Glen Haven Flood Reconstruction
Sunday, January 11, 2015
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Rotary Septic & Well Funding
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Glen Haven area residents have a wonderful opportunity, though the generosity of the three Estes Park Rotary Clubs and Rotary International, to receive funds to offset repair costs to their well and septic systems.  Funding is available for both primary and secondary homeowners.

If you do not need assistance, or have already repaired your well and/or septic, please indicate your status and sign and return the application. This will allow the Rotary to quantify damage as a result of the flood.

Restrictions for this funding include:

  1. Property must be within the Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department service area
  2. Damage must have occurred on or about 13 September, 2013
  3. Reimbursable repairs must start after 12 August, 2014
  4. Equipment rental and materials eligible for reimbursement must be purchased after 12 August, 2014
  5. Repairs, materials, and supplies purchased before 12 August, 2014 are ineligible
  6. Homeowners will not be compensated for labor performed themselves
  7. Documentation from other funding sources (insurance, FEMA, etc.) must be attached to the application.

Click "read more" below to review and print the application for funding considerations.  Application deadline is September 5th, 2014.

Rotary International will be using these applications to determine the amount of funding for the Glen Haven area.  If you need septic repair, please get an estimate from a licensed contractor – whether you intend to use a contractor or not – so that the appropriate amount of funding can be requested.  If you already have engaged a contractor, or have questions, please contact Richard Visintainer, Rotary Team Leader at or (970) 631-6486.

Thank you Rotary Club!

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Emergency Notification
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Many Glen Haven area residents are familiar with LETA (Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority).  They registered with LETA last year - primarily to receive notification of a forest fire.  Little did they realize it also works for floods.  Registered members received a call at 5:30 am on Sept 12th notifying them that County Road 43 was closed due to flooding.  It wasn't until several hours later the real damage came.

If you haven't registered your phone devices with LETA, we encourage you to do so - NOW.  There is no cost for this service and the information you enter is protected.

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Septic System Repair
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Guidance for Repair of Flood Damaged Septic Systems

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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Help Repair Our Roads and Bridges
Thursday, January 2, 2014
The flood of September 2013 caused extreme devastation to the quaint mountain town of Glen Haven, Colorado.  The aftermath left over 150 residents separated from their homes.  Please help us rebuild their roads and bridges so they can go back home!

To make an online donation visit:

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Fire House Building Project Update
Monday, April 9, 2012

The GHAVFD has just received their first bid proposal, on the fire house project, from Roche Construction, Inc.  The initial estimate of $400,000 was on target, as the recent cost estimate was just over this amount.

To date, we have received $151,228 in cash and pledges and have spent $19,000 in architectural and engineering expenses.  We need to double the income amount before we are able to begin construction.

If you have already contributed, we would like to thank you very much.  Your support has provided a solid foundation to build upon.  The department would be extremely grateful if you would consider an additional donation as your means allow.

If you have not yet joined your friends and neighbors with a commitment, we encourage you to make a commitment now.

An additional way to support this project is through the purchase of 2012 Rotary Club of Estes Park Duck Race adoption tickets.  The GHAVFD board of directors has pledged the proceeds from this year’s race to go directly to the Fire House Project.  Each ticket costs $20 and $19 of that amount is returned to us.  Prizes this year include laptop and desktop computers, Apple iPads, a DVR, an HD TV, a digital camera and hundreds of other items.  Tickets may be purchased on line at or by contacting Tony Fink at 970-586-6032.

Please be sure to circle organization #44 on the back of the form so that the proceeds will come back to the fire department.

We are also planning a Glen Haven Community Garage Sale on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th at the Glen Haven Town Hall.  Take this opportunity to unclutter your home, cabin or garage.  We will gladly accept new or gently used clothing, small appliances, decorative and household goods, toys, books, furniture, etc. etc.  Please make sure that items are in good working condition.  All proceeds from this event will also benefit the Fire House Project.  To donate, contact Gene and Jo McFadden at

577-0571 or Tony and Sarah Fink at 586-6032.

Pledge your support now!  Donations may be sent to:            

GHAVFD Fire House
P.O. Box 53
Glen Haven, CO 80532


Cow Creek Fire Update
Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 8:00 a.m.

Contact: Laura McConnell, Public Information Officer

Phone: 303-775-9132
Fire Information line: #970-577-9931
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Estes Park, Colo. – The Cow Creek fire continues to burn in remote, rugged timbered terrain of Rocky Mountain National Park. The fire is currently 903 acres. Crews continued to anchor fire lines into the black on the western and southern flanks of the fire while crews held and improved existing lines on the east flank of the fire. Moderate fire behavior with isolated torching and short range spotting is expected today.

Rocky Mountain National Park is open along with most park trails. McGraw Ranch Road, Cow Creek Trail, North Boundary Trail, and the Dunraven/North Fork Trail remain closed to the public due to continued fire traffic.

Volunteer evacuations are no longer in place in communities east of the Cow Creek Fire. Residents are welcomed to go back to their homes and businesses but residents are urged to be vigilant and prepared that an evacuation may be necessary in the future.

“It is important to remember that an absence of smoke within the Park and surrounding communities does not mean an absence of fire,” said Incident Commander Todd Pechota, “given the extensive dead and down trees in the fire area it is foreseeable that the Cow Creek Fire will burn in the remote wilderness until a weather event extinguishes the fire.”

Further information about this fire will be posted on


GHAVFD Hosts Open House
Monday, November 2, 2009

The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an open house on Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Glen Haven Town Hall.

Stop by and check out the firehouse and the fire equipment.  Sue Pinkham will be on hand giving information on fire safety.  Get details on how you can join the department, pick up some free stuff like smoke detectors and CO detectors.  You'll also be able to purchase additional safety items like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, CO detectors, and reflective address signs.

You can also find out information on becoming a member of the fire board and get to know the members of the department.

Hope to see you there!


The Sad Loss of Lt. Greg Martin
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
With great sadness we mourn the loss of one of our own.  Lt. Greg Martin passed away Tuesday, March 25 enroute to a Doctor's appointment.  Greg set the example for dedication and service to his Chef Greg Martin in 2004community over the last 35 years.  His ready smile, quick wit and extraordinary sense of humor were only surpassed by his willingness to dive in and help whomever, whenever he could.  The "Glen" will never be the same without Greg's calm leadership.
Greg served as Fire Chief for some 5 years in the late '70's and early '80's, and as an officer in one capacity or another since then.  Each passing year found Greg serving not only the Fire Department, but the Glen Haven Association Board numerous times as well as doing countless projects for friends and neighbors in need.  His dedication, frienship and involvement was largely responsible for instilling the desire and foresight that has brought continued improvement to the Department over the last 30 years.  Projects too many to list were completed by Greg.  The Fire Department, and indeed the entire community owes him a great debt of gratitude.
Farewell my friend, you will be missed.
Steve Childs, Fire Chief
Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Dept.
P.O. Box 53
Glen Haven, CO 80532


Please feel free to share your comments, condolences, and stories about Greg in the forum area here.

View Greg's obituary here.


Crosier Mountain Fire Quickly Contained
Thursday, January 24, 2008

About 1pm, smoke was reported on the North face of Croiser mountain.  Glen Haven units responded to the scene and immediately sent a crew of 6 wildland firefighters up to get an initial assessment and start working the fire.  Additional crews from Larimer county and the Forest Service responded about an hour later.

The fire was about 1 acre in size and was mainly burning in the duff.  No source of the fire was determined, but most likely it was caused by careless hunters or hikers.  The crews had the fire contained in a couple of hours and were down off the mountain by 5pm.  Additional crews from Larimer county would be mopping up the fire the following morning.


Tender 33 Has Arrived!
Thursday, December 6, 2007

T-33The Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Dept. is pleased to announce the long anticipated arrival of Tender 33, the new addition to the Fire Department's fleet of fire fighting apparatus. 

The brand new shiny red fire truck was purchased with funding from the 2006 FEMA Asistance to Firefighter Grant program. The FEMA funding provided $228,000, while GHAVFD kicked in a 5% required match for a total purchase price of $243,024.

The original grant application was completed by Nancy Dunavan, with Chief Childs and the Dept. officers doing the follow-up specification and filings. 

The Dept. worked with Front Range Fire Apparatus of Boulder who is the representative for Pierce Manufacturing, the premier fire truck builder in the country. Tender 33 is the first new fire truck ever purchased by the GHAVFD, and will greatly enhance the Department's fire-fighting capabilities. 

Feel free to contact Chief Childs, Assistant Chief Bauming, Captain Gdovicak, Lieutenant Martin or any of the happy Glen firefighters if you'd like a tour!  
>See more photos here.
>See news article in EP News


Crosier Fire Update
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The Crosier mountain fire was 100% contained as of the afternoon of 7/23/07.  The Rosevelt Hotshot crew was sent up today to replace the firefighters that had been fighting the fire since it started on 7/22/07.

Crosier Mountain Fire
Monday, July 23, 2007
GLEN HAVEN - A wildfire on Crosier Mountain close to Glen Haven is close to containment and not threatening any structures.
The Crosier Mountain Fire is 6.5 acres in size and as of 11 p.m Sunday was 75 percent contained.

Two single engine air tankers responded to drop retardant Sunday in addition to one heavy air tanker. On Monday a type 3 helicopter will be on scene.

Officials say it is burning near the top of Crosier Mountain on both sides of the Crosier Mountain Trail. Crosier Mountain is roughly two miles southeast of Glen Haven.

At least 30 firefighters responded Sunday night from various local agencies. They worked through the evening and will continue fighting the blaze Monday.  Officials also closed the trail Sunday evening to hikers. 

The cause of the fire is not known at this time and two spot fires were also burning Sunday. They were estimated to be an additional acre.  

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Glen Haven & Retreat Communities Develop Wildfire Protection Plan
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has recently been completed by representatives of the Glen Haven Association, Retreat Landowners Association and the Glen Haven Area Volunteer Fire Department. Working with the Colorado State Forest Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Larimer County, and Rocky Mountain National Park, this group of locals created the CWPP under the auspices of the 2003 Healthy Forests Act. The final CWPP frees up $10,000 in Community Assistance Funding which the GHAVFD applied for in 2006. The money will be used to work on the priority "Action Items" identified in the CWPP.
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GHAVFD Auxiliary Is Looking for Members
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The newly formed GHAVFD Auxiliary is looking for new members to help out with the fire department.
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Let Glen Haven keep its name
Monday, November 6, 2006
As reported by the Denver Post.
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Town fights for its name
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Reported by the Denver Post.
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Mountain Town Fears Losing Identity
Friday, October 20, 2006
They've been calling their town by the same name for more than 100 years. Now that could change. The community of Glen Haven and it sits between Drake and Estes Park in Larimer County. As Fox 31's Sari Padorr reports, it’s more than just a name to Glen Haveners.
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GHAVFD Wins Another FEMA Grant
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
GHAVFD was awarded the 2006 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant.  This grant totals $228,000 and will be used to purchase a new 2000 gallon water tanker truck to replace the old and worn out "Terminator" tanker.  Excellent work for all that was involved! 

Glen Haven Area has 6 new EMT's
Monday, May 15, 2006
Congratulations to Mike Hasket, Jason Gdovicak, Mike Keefe, Sue Keefe, Chad Street, and Eric Kruse for successfully completing EMT Basic certification and training.  They spent most of their evenings from January through May for the training at EPMC.   

GHAVFD Gets New Gear
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
The firefighters finally got some gear that meets all of the requirements for today's firefighter personal protection standards.  The FEMA Grant money was used to buy 16 sets of turnout "bunker" gear, helmets, and SCBA equipment.  The bunker gear will give the department better personal protection, a more consistent look and identification, and meet the requirements for Federal fire safety standards.

FEMA Grant Awarded
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
From the Department of Homeland Security - "Congratulations, on behalf of Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, in collaboration with the U.S. Fire Administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Your grant application submitted under the FY 2005 Assistance to Firefighters Grant has been approved. The approved project costs amount to $88,464.00. The Federal share is $84,041.00 of the approved amount and your share of the costs is $4,423.00."

Excellent job Phil Hooper and everyone involved in this grant!
This money will be used to buy 16 sets of turnout gear and SCBA equipment.

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