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June 25, 2016 Station 9 Open House

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority personnel, Canyon personnel and interested community members attended our “Grand Opening” ceremony of this much needed station located at 100 Palisade Mountain Drive. The location is strategically placed near the “T” intersection of the Cedar Park/Cedar Springs sub-divisions.

Dave Legits and Jack Steele being recognized for their selfless dedication to the completion of this project.

Dave Legits and Jack Steele being recognized for their selfless dedication to the completion of this project.

Outgoing Battalion Chief Bill Lundquist receives plaque for his years of dedicated service.

Outgoing Battalion Chief Bill Lundquist receives plaque for his years of dedicated service.

Chief Miller telling audience about the significance of the fire service badge.

Chief Miller telling audience about the significance of the fire service badge.

Battalion Chief Neal being pinned by his wife, Julie.

Battalion Chief Neal being pinned by his wife, Julie.

Community Preparedness for Upcoming Wildland Fire Season

Digital-Patch_220x220                                                                                  Loveland Fire Rescue Authority

Canyon BattalionLFRA LOGO

1461 W. Highway 34

P. O. Box 97

Drake, CO 80515







Date:                                       Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Contact:                                  Battalion Chief Shawn Neal – Big Thompson Canyon Battalion

Public Information Officer Karen Debenham – Big Thompson Canyon Battalion

Phone:                                    Chief Neal: 970-685-9999,

PIO Debenham: 970-776-0299,



The Canyon Battalion of Loveland Fire Rescue Authority will be providing wildfire safety tips and information as a part of the Dedication and Open House event for the new Fire Station 9 on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The new station is located at 100 Palisade Mountain Drive, Drake, CO 80515.




It looks as if Wildland Fire season is in full swing, so here are some thoughts for you to consider and discuss with your family members. It is best to have a plan should we be faced with another wildfire up on Storm Mountain.


Much depends upon fire intensity. We can have a moderate intensity surface fire where it may be best for able folks to shelter in place and prep their home. Move inside as the fire front passes, then back outside to knock down any smokes on or near your home.


If our main access is cut off, people should stage at the ‘T” – parking on only one side of the road. Make sure vehicles are parked off to the side as far as they can so emergency vehicles can get by. The last thing you want to do is try and take back ways off the mountain. There is too much potential for getting stuck and/or getting overrun by the fire. Remember we went through considerable headaches during the September 2013 flood to gain access to those roads and they are currently not available for our use.


If you are able to go down the access road, remember that emergency vehicles will be coming up the road quickly. Stay calm and stay on your side of the road. Yield to emergency traffic; remember they are coming up to help you.


Close your windows and doors to your house. You should create a defensible space of at least 20 feet around your house NOW; do not wait for a fire to start to do this. Do not keep wood piles next to your house. If a fire does happen, place propane tanks and gas cans in the middle of the driveway.


For more information, please come to the Dedication and Open House of your new Station 9 at the “T” this Saturday June 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 100 Palisade Mountain Drive.





Ice Rescue Training January 17, 2016

11 Canyon firefighters were certified in ice rescue by Dive Rescue International today. They are:  Capt. Tim Brady, Lt. Shawn Neal, FF Shelby Baker, FF Micaiah White, FF KC Skidmore, FF Keith Matas, FF Mark St. Onge, FF Trevor Schuetz, FF Dan McGrath, FF Cory Tovar, and FF Geneva Loma-Elias.

Training with LFRA at Lake Loveland.

2015 Firefighter 1 Academy Graduates

A belated congratulations to the six members who received their Firefighter 1 certifications in 2015. An additional shout-out goes to Jeremiah Clymer and Shelby Baker. Both were hired on by Loveland Fire Rescue Authority!!

Fire Prevention Week

This week is Fire Safety Week. Come to Station 8, 1461 W Highway 34, Drake, CO on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to meet your community volunteers.FPWCandleColor house fires change your batteries fire-prevention-week-sign-3184004

Station 9 Stucco Progress

Thanks to all that volunteered their time on two different days getting the base coat of stucco on the station – inside and out!

Deb & John Green, Jim & Jill Eccleston, Chris Brock, Georgia Wilson, Ashleigh Flodin, Diana & Gary Smith, John Wray, Sam Hancock, Pam Carpman, Ken Rushing, Julie & Shawn Neal, Ann Lundquist, Sue & Ping Kao, Peter Debenham, Mary Hill, Ken Simboski, Michael Knight, Karen Dilka, Mark Edmondson, KC Skidmore, Jeremiah Clymer, Summer Twombley, Amanda Carian, Harvey & Jennifer Pyle and Karen Debenham. And a BIG thanks to Jack Steele and Dave Legits.

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48th Annual Big Thompson Canyon Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Big Thompson Canyon Association is holding their 48th 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!


8:00 am – 2:00 pm

All you can eat Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Eggs and Pancakes, Coffee & Juice

Adults $6

Children (4-9yrs) $4

Children under 4 eat free

Prices are $1 more at the door on the day of the event

BTCA Building is one mile east of Drake on US Highway 34

Participation by the Big Thompson Canyon Volunteer Fire Department


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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