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  • Do you still use this ladder ?

    ...and what does your Department call this ladder ?
    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
    343
    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

    Charleston 9
    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
    *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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    • #3
      We don't use it, but my old volunteer department had one on our 1952 ALF Ladder. I have always called it a "pompier ladder", but have also heard the term "scaling ladder" used too.
      09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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      "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
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      The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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      • #4
        You are correct...anyone still use them ???

        Pompier ladders remained in service on apparatus for many years. The last rescue made using a pompier ladder was accomplished on December 15,1967. FDNY Firefighter Gene Dowling of Ladder Company Number Twenty-Five made this dramatic rescue. Firefighter Dowling responded to a fire in the Morgan Post Office. This fire went to five alarms. Dowling spotted three trapped postal employees at a window. Ladder Company Twenty Five quickly raised it's hundred foot aerial but it was one story sort of the terrified postal workers. Firefighter Dowling grabbed a pompier ladder and climbed the hundred foot aerial to the tip. The window was just above a large out cropping of decorative granite. Dowling, in a thirty mile per hour wind, raised the pompier ladder over his head and made his first attempt at placing the pompier into the windowsill, he missed, but held onto the ladder. Mustering all his strength he made a second attempt. The pompier ladder just cleared the granite and made it into the sill. Firefighter Dowling then climbed up the Pompeir ladder and one by one brought down all three postal workers. Firefighter Gene Dowling received the James Gordon Bennet medal for this rescue. Ironically the first and the last rescues made using the pompier ladder both resulted in the awarding of the James Gordon Bennet Medal.

        The New York City Fire Department carried pompier ladders on their apparatus up until July 11, 1996 when they were officially placed out of service
        Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 08-31-2003, 02:21 PM.
        ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
        NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
        343
        CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

        Charleston 9
        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
        *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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        • #5
          A Firefighter's Story

          When it came time to do the Pompier ladders, I knew that this was a do or die day. If you don’t do the pomps, you don’t graduate. It’s that simple

          A Firefighters Story
          http://www.ci.boston.ma.us/bfd/firef...ters_story.htm

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          • #6
            Photos Yonkers Fire Department

            Skills and Drill Day
            Pompiers
            http://www.yfd.org/skillsdrills.htm

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            • #7
              Only at the fire academy.

              If you are in that situation 2 guys can use a roof ladder to do the same thing

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              • #8
                We call them Pompier Ladders. And no, we do not carry them on our rigs anymore.
                IACOJ

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                • #9
                  Never used them but we talked about them for about 10 minutes in my FF1 class
                  NYS FF1/AEMT-CC
                  IAEP Local 152
                  "You stopped being in charge when I showed up"

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                  • #10
                    ahh yes the pompier ladder. Something You'll never catch me climbing HAHA! They gave us an overview of what it is, how its used and its history. We had a retired FDNY FF as an instructor and the stories he told....good lord!!
                    Andrew
                    Firefighter/EMT
                    New Jersey

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                    • #11
                      They are called pompier ladders and they have no practical purpose in today’s fire service. Except for maybe a confidence builder or a pot rack in the kitchen
                      “Just when you think something is made to be Idiot Proof. They go a head and make a better Idiot”

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                      • #12
                        We also called them pompiers.They still use them in the academy. The last time we carried them was back in the mid 70's. We trained on them extentsively when I came on the department all so many years ago. I actually enjoyed doing the evolutions with them. Other interesting ladder operations were splicing, and the church raise.
                        Last edited by FireLt1951; 09-01-2003, 10:05 AM.

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                        • #13
                          I thought that first picture looked like an aerial antenna for a TV!!



                          (P.S. I always knew them as pompier ladders, too, also.)
                          Omnis Cedo Domus

                          www.hinckleyfd.org

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                          • #14
                            These guys still carry one on their tower. Although, I'm guessing not too many guys can remember the last time they used it.

                            Stay Safe

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                            • #15
                              I remember reading about Gene Dowling's rescue at the post office using the Pompier ladder. He described how he used the ladder off the aerial, on his first attempt he was on the pompier when the teeth started slipping away from the window sill, but he made it and got a better bite the second time. The Commissioner and Chief of Department were watching him the entire time from down below. Made the hair on the back on my neck stand straight up!! Talk about guts!
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                              Faithful in Adversity

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