The Mahtomedi Fire Department proudly serves over 13,000 residents in the cities of Mahtomedi, Willernie, Pine Springs and a portion of Grant, living in an area of 32 square miles. Mahtomedi, (Mah-tohMEE-dye) which is Sioux for the Great White Bear, is located ten miles northeast of the Capitol City of St. Paul, Minnesota. The City of Mahtomedi is nestled on the southern and eastern shores of White Bear Lake and is largely a bedroom community, with a small industrial mixture and a large amount of water recreation.
The department is a municipal paid-on-call department consisting of 32 firefighters responding out of one station. In 2013, the department ran 989 calls, the most in the department's history.
The department began in 1933 when the Willernie-Lincolntown Fire Department was founded, providing fire protection to the cities of Willernie and Lincolntown. In 1972, a merger occurred with the Mahtomedi Fire Department, resulting in the Mahtomedi Fire Department as we know it today. The merger led to the department responding out of two small stations until 1981. In 1981, the present fire station was completed, and the equipment was consolidated into one location.