The Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department


Annual Big Thompson Canyon Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Big Thompson Canyon Association is holding their 47th annual Pancake Breakfast. The Association is a non-profit organization that provides a meeting place for community members to get together for pot-lucks and other informational meetings.

Every year during the Breakfast, the Association also has a raffle of goods or gift certificates donated from local merchants. This year the Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department will be the recipient of the raffle proceeds.

In conjunction with this event, the Big Thompson Canyon VFD hosts a craft fair for local artisans; offers tours of the station and has a wonderful time showing the children the fire trucks.

A booth will be available to order a patio brick for the new BTC VFD station 9 being constructed on Storm Mountain. Go to to order yours!


Photos from 2014 event courtesy of Matt Charboneau and Karl Dukstein.


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Dennis “Swede” Swedlund

Dennis Swedlund Obituary

Dennis Ray “Swede” Swedlund, 72 of Big Thompson Canyon passed away peacefully at his home on January 11th. He was born in Sterling, CO, to Delbert and Helen Swedlund and was raised in Greeley. He graduated from Greeley High in 1960. While there he was a part of two basketball championship teams. Dennis was very proud of his 30 years with CDOT and filled his time with coaching youth sports in the Loveland area, such as football, basketball and baseball. He enjoyed playing and listening to country and blue grass music as well as fishing, hunting, spending time with his grandkids and Izzi. Dennis is survived by his wife Cathy; sons: Jason and Jarred (Melissa); grandchildren: Lane, Brandi, Brett and Blake; brothers Keith and Tim (Katie) and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 17th, 1PM at Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80525.

He served his community in the canyon for many years as part of the Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, including service as Fire Chief.

Station 9 Construction Progress

It’s amazing how fast the station is going up now that the excavation and site preparation are done. That seemed to take forever. Ken Rushing (KRPS) provided these stills from the video he has been filming.

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Station 9 Construction Volunteers

Thanks to all those who have stopped by the construction site and stayed for an hour to help or answered the page for help and spent the day! The roof sure went up quicker.

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Station 9 Financing Update

We have depleted the money allocated from the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District. All work going forward will be coming out of the Donation account which currently sits at approximately $23,000.

Some of the upcoming needs include:

  • Boiler – $6,000 – $10,000
  • Roofing – $10,000 – $15,000
  • Propane – $3,000
  • Roadbase – $5,000
  • Bay Doors
  • Windows
  • Drywall
  • Stucco

As you can quickly see, we need to step up and spread the word about the patio paver fundraiser!!!

Station 9 Construction Progress

Thought you’d like to see what progress has been made so far. A lot has been accomplished though much of it will go unnoticed because it was preparation and excavation.

Thanks to all who have donated their time and/or money, or purchased bricks. As you’ll see from the photos (courtesy of KRPS – Ken Rushing) the floor has been poured. That’s a lot of concrete = $$$

Please go to and order your patio bricks now. We’ve about exhausted the funds raised so far and it sure would be nice to get the building “dryed in” before snow flies.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Dave Legits for dedicating all of his time, expertise and efforts into making this happen!

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Caller ID Spoofing June 2014

After contact with Century Link’s Repair Department, we confirmed that the BTC VFD Station 8 phone number has been the victim of Caller ID Spoofing. We were told this is becoming a very common practice. Using this practice, callers can deliberately falsify the telephone number and/or name relayed as the Caller ID information to disguise the identity of the calling party.

The Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 prohibits caller ID spoofing for the purposes of defrauding or otherwise causing harm.

We want all of our family, friends and neighbors to know that we are sorry if you have been the recipient of any of these calls. Please know that we as a department value the relationships we have with you.

If you have been the victim of any such calls using our ID number, please attempt to gain information about the caller WITHOUT giving them any information about yourselves. It may help us to file a complaint with the FCC.

Lightning Strike Structure Fire June 18, 2014

On Wednesday June 18, 2014 BTCVFD was called to a structure fire at 331 Snow Top Drive. The home owner was knocked off his porch by the lightning strike to his bunkhouse.  He reported that it sounded like someone had shot him.

Fire was quickly knocked down, but mop-up was extensive. The homeowner was checked by TV EMS and found to have no burns.

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Rope Rescue April 6, 2014

Sunday afternoon, 1412, Canyon Fire was called to the scene of a rope rescue. Details concerning the patient(s) are not available for comment. The terrain was rough; it took a long time to hike in to the scene with all the rope gear required. We were assisted by Loveland Fire Rescue Authority and the Larimer County Search and Rescue.

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2013 Awards Banquet

The Women’s Auxiliary planned a great dinner party for our annual awards banquet! The Association building looked wonderful. It was fun and light-hearted. Shawn’s presentation of the funny gifts the wives chose was perfect.

Trooper Tammy Holloway was recognized for her life saving efforts during a motorcycle accident in Drake.

Many thanks to Jerry Shaffer and Shawn Wright for providing the musical entertainment; to Julie and Shawn Neal for the awesome slide show.

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Annual awards were:

Top Training Hours, John Miller

Rookie of the Year, John Miller

Top Responder, Bill Lundquist

Wildland Stinger Award, Derek Weber

EMS Provider of the Year, Bill Powers

Firefighter of the Year, Shawn Neal

Chief’s Merit Award, Karen Debenham

Medal of Valor Tim Brady


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