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In fire department tradition, it was a total team effort.
Members of the Minot Fire Department gathered on Nov. 8 for an important mission: To take part in a traditional push-in ceremony to welcome a new engine to the department’s list of equipment.
“We haven’t done one of these since I’ve been here,” said Battalion Chief Mason Maxwell, who has been with the department for 25 years. “It’s good to revisit some of these fire department traditions.”
When it was time, a large group of firefighters, including at least two who came to the event on their day off, gathered in front of the new engine. Pushing the new $581,000 engine into the building took considerable effort, but the engine rolled smoothly into the bay once the group got it rolling.
“We’re driving,” one of the firefighters said as the 40,240-pound vehicle was pushed toward the Fire Station, leading to laughter among the group.
With the ceremony complete, the new engine is now officially on duty.
The $581,000 engine took two years to build, with funding from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust covering 50 percent of the cost. The new engine replaces a much older model that will be decommissioned and destroyed because of its outdated and inefficient emission systems.
“This new engine will help our department improve the level of protection we provide for the residents of Minot,” Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel said. “Today’s push-in ceremony is a good way to remind ourselves of the history and tradition of the fire service. That’s important, especially to our younger firefighters.”
Another engine is under construction, and will housed at the new Station 5 that is under construction in northwest Minot. Fire Station 5 is expected to be completed and in service early next summer.