White Bear Lake Fire Chief Greg Peterson led a fire truck dedication ritual dating back more than 130 years — when horse-drawn firefighting vehicles were still being used — during a department ceremony last week at the north station. The chief and fellow firefighters gave the massive new fire truck a symbolic push into the station garage, officially bringing White Bear Fire Ladder 914 into service.
The new fire truck is equipped with a 107 ft. ladder, a 2000 gallon per minute pump and the latest technology. The ladder on the truck it is replacing had a reach of 75 ft.
The previous fire truck was in service in White Bear Lake for 23 years and is being sold to a fire department in Wilburton, Ok., replacing a truck built in 1965 that has been in service covering hundreds of miles of territory.