Fire department rescues prom in Forest Lake

It’s a shame, of course, that the Forest Lake prom on Saturday fell victim to the blizzard, first at Landmark Center and then at the school. It happens and, for the most part, the kids seemed to roll with the weather punches.

So it was pretty cool that the Forest Lake Fire and Rescue opened up its headquarters so the kids, all dolled up with nowhere to go, could at least get together for some pictures.

Prom pictures at the fire station!

Posted by Forest Lake Fire & Rescue on Saturday, April 14, 2018

At 2:00 pm today Forest Lake Fire Department opened its doors for prom goers to gather and take pictures. We would like…

Posted by Forest Lake Fire & Rescue on Saturday, April 14, 2018

“After the snow level estimates changed from around 8 inches to more than 15 inches with anticipated whiteout conditions, the Forest Lake High School prom committee decided to move prom from St. Paul to the Forest Lake High School. At around 2 p.m. one of our firefighters called me to let me know about the change in venue and pitched the idea,” Alan Newman, Forest Lake’s fire chief, tells Yahoo.

“My initial thought was, ‘Who is going to want to take a picture in their prom gear in front of a fire truck?’ After a phone call to one of city council members and to the city administrator, we opened the doors. When we opened the doors at 3 p.m. we had over 50 cars in our parking lot, and it just grew from there.”

School officials are meeting today to come up with a new date for the prom.