Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District will host an open house to allow the public to view its new fire station from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.


Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District will host an open house to allow the public to view its new fire station from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The district recently completed the new fire station, which is located at 12681 Heavenly Acres Drive, in New London. The station is located directly behind Comprehensive Health Systems. The new fire station was made possible by a one acre land donation by Louis McClelland. It is the district’s third fire station.
Station 3 is a 50-foot by 80-foot frame building with a steel exterior and roof. It features three large truck bays, a large training room and office. 
The architect for the project was Michael Kettelkamp and the general contractor was Whiston Construction Company from Canton. The cost of the building was $175,000. The new fire station currently houses a pumper and brush truck.
The 26-year old district currently owns three pumper trucks, two tanker trucks, three brush trucks and a utility vehicle. The district was one of the first fire departments in the area to run first responder calls. Thirteen of the 21 firefighters are certified as first responders. Applications for additional volunteer firefighters will be accepted at the open house.
The Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District consists of approximately 85 square miles with an estimated population of 5,286. The district’s boundaries follow that of the Hannibal Public School District No. 60 outside the city limits of Hannibal. The district is funded by taxes on real and personal properties for persons living inside the boundaries.
Board members for the district are Peggy Ruhl, president, Lee Steinman, vice president, Mark Baumann, secretary, Tom Rupp and John Muehring. John Bogue is the treasurer.
During the open house refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded.