If there's a fire, don't call the Lickity Split Fire Department. Not that the department couldn't get there on time or want to help with extinguishing a fire, but they're there to get the ice cream, laughed Rick Beyer of Pequot Lakes, who owns the truck with Carl Bullen.
The Lickity Split truck was one of about 45 entries in the Minnesota State Fire Convention's Fireman's Parade Saturday in Brainerd. The parade and convention were hosted by the Brainerd Fire Department.
Brainerd Fire Chief Fred Underhill said the convention and parade went well. Several firefighters at the parade gave many kudos to Underhill, the fire department and the community for what they agreed was a great conference.
Weiser, a Dalmatian owned by Bob and Sue Ann Brown of Chisholm, watched the Minnesota State Fire Convention's Fireman's Parade Saturday in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Bob Brown, fire chief in Chisholm and vice president of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association, learned several techniques at the convention, including ways on how to manage a fire department. He watched the parade with his wife, Sue Ann, and their Dalmatian, Weiser. Brown said he enjoyed seeing all the old fire trucks and the equipment at the parade.
The Grand Rapids Fire Department had two entries at the parade. It had a pull cart that was about 90-years-old and a 1923 Graham Brothers fire truck. The cart and the truck were both refurbished in the '80s.
Grand Rapids Fire Chief Dale Rosier said they like to show the evolution of how fires were fought over the years annually at the parade.
Engine No. 1 of the Lickity Split Fire Department doesn't actually fight fires, at least not anymore. The engine was recently purchased on eBay, restored and it made its debut Saturday at the Minnesota State Fire Convention's Fireman's Parade in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
Cal Boeder and Ron Crocker of The Old Homestead Antique Power Club in Brainerd drove their 1953 McCormick Farmall tractor, pulling a trailer dated back to the 1930s. They said the tractor has nothing to do with fire trucks, but they were asked to attend the parade by Underhill, who is a member of their club.
Other entries in the parade that were not fire trucks included a fishing boat, nine motorcycles, a few antique cars and an ambulance entered by North Memorial ambulance.
Brainerd Fire Department fire and tanker trucks headed the parade, followed by many fire trucks of all sizes from cities from across the state.
Brainerd played host to a large gathering of fire departments over the weekend. A parade featuring entries from many different towns wound its way through the streets of Brainerd Saturday. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
The parade flowed well, the weather was nice and spectators were able to get a good look at the entries.
The spectators also were the first to see the Lickity Split fire truck, making its initial parade appearance. The truck will be in the Pequot Lakes parade this summer.
Beyer and Bullen purchased the truck on eBay 18 months ago and they've been restoring it. The truck was built in St. Paul in 1923 and was originally used as a fire truck in Du Bois, Neb.
Smokey the Bear was on one of the floats that appeared Saturday in the Minnesota State Fire Convention's Fireman's Parade in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
"We believe we are the third owners," said Beyer. "The second owner owned a night club in Nebraska and it was called the hottest place in town."
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