Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District adds truck for use on medical calls and natural cover fires.

The Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District recently added a new vehicle to its fleet. According to Fire Chief Michael Dobson it is a CET brush firefighting vehicle.

The Ford F350 extended cab is equipped with a 4-wheel drive chassis with a super single rear end option, a CET glider unit with an aluminum flatbed, a 150-gallon Poly water tank and a 20 horsepower CET ultra high pressure pump with a high pressure foam system.

“The truck will be utilized to answer medical calls and natural cover fires,” said Dobson.

The truck offers capabilities that are unique to the rural firefighting district's fleet.

“The water delivery system is new to the district as it utilizes a high pressure (1,450 psi) pump and can deliver either water or a water/foam mix. The addition of Class A foam allows for better penetration and tends to cling to the burning vegetation to help prevent rekindling of the fire. By utilizing the foam system, more fire can be extinguished with less water.”

The truck, which cost $92,734, was built by CET Manufacturing of Pierreville (Quebec) Canada. It was purchased through Banner Fire Equipment Company of Roxana, Ill.

According to Dobson, this is the fourth new truck that has been added to the district's fleet. In 2006 two Pierce Kenworth pumpers were purchased and in 2015 a 2000 gallon Kenworth tanker was added to the fleet.

The district maintains three fire stations - at 9250 County Road 418 Hannibal, 12823 Old 79 Highway New London and 12681 Heavenly Acres Drive New London.

The district is an all-volunteer fire department with an 8B ISO rating. The district uses the boundary lines of the Hannibal School District 60 outside the corporate city limits of the city of Hannibal. It is controlled by a five member board of directors that is elected and oversees the department's $120,000 annual budget.