Hannibal Fire Chief Bill Madore had speculated that the fire truck the local department was parting with could be gone as soon as the next day, provided the City Council OK'd the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department's bid of $12,062 at its Oct. 6 meeting.

Hannibal Fire Chief Bill Madore had speculated that the fire truck the local department was parting with could be gone as soon as the next day, provided the City Council OK'd the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department's bid of $12,062 at its Oct. 6 meeting.

However, while the bid was accepted, the 1990 Smeal truck remained in Hannibal as of Friday afternoon.

No one is worried at the HFD regarding the delay in the truck's departure. According to Madore the southwest Missouri fire department is happy to be adding the truck to its firefighting pool of vehicles.

“In speaking with the fire chief of the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department, he felt that this engine would be a much needed addition to his fleet of vehicles and would serve them well,” wrote Madore in a memo to the Council.

John Baker of the Hannibal Fire Department said officials with the Ellington fire department were still deciding whether to drive their new purchase back, or find a trailer large enough and haul the truck to its new home.

In the meantime, the used truck is being stored at the Street Department's headquarters adjacent to Warren Barrett Drive.

According to Madore the availability of Hannibal's surplus truck was made known across the Show Me State.

“We advertised this listing locally and distributed the bid within the state of Missouri through the State Fire Mutual Aid System. We received several phone calls about the engine, but only received two bids,” said the Hannibal fire chief, noting the runner-up bid was for $8,000 from the Calhoun Fire Department. “We were contacted by one fire apparatus broker, but they wanted to charge a 10 percent commission to list our vehicle.”

The City Council previously approved allowing $10,000 from the sale of the old engine be used to help outfit the HFD's new engine.

The new pumper, which is housed at Station 3 on McMasters Avenue, went into service on Sept. 30.