12/21/13 609 W, 1 I - + 6 - 3 Snorkels in North Carolina

Articulating platforms, to be specific. Snorkel is a brand name. Let's extend the discussion from this thread, as well as the topic itself, which replays on this blog every twelve to eighteen months.

Here's a montage of posted photos. Per-picture credits are listed at the bottom. Most are from Lee Wilson, plus Jeff Harkey, Jon Umberstock, Andrew Messer, Mike Legeros, the Scott Mattson Collection (via SPAAMFAA on Facebook), Richard Adelman Collection (via eBay), and a couple fire departments. Click once or twice to enlarge:

Various Credits - Listed Below

Here's the data, updated February 2016: 

Department Unit Make/Model Height Pump Notes
Asheboro   1966 Ward LaFrance/Hi-Ranger 85 Yes  
Asheville Ladder 1 1977 ALF/Snorkel 85 No  
Charlotte Platform 1 1969 ALF AeroChief   Yes  
Charlotte Ladder 1 1984 Duplex D350/Grumman/Snorkel 80 Yes 1 of 3 - 1000/300
Charlotte Ladder 16 1989 Pierce Arrow/Snorkel 85
Yes 2 of 3 - 1000/200
Charlotte Ladder 18 1989 Pierce Arrow/Snorkel 85
Yes 3 of 3 - 1000/200. Later operated by C&B FD in South Carolina.
Chocowinity Snorkel 1 1979 ALF/Snorkel   Yes Ex-Washington, NC
Durham Snorkel 1
1971 Ward LaFrance /Hi-Ranger  85 Yes  
Fayetteville  Truck 1 1980 Oshkosh/Pierce Alt: 1980 Hendrickson/Pierce 85 Yes 1250 GPM
Franklin    1972 ALF AeroChief 85 No Ex-Greensboro
Gamewell   See Lenoir      
Goldsboro Snorkel 1 1977 ____/Snorkel 85 Yes  
Greensboro   1972 ALF AeroChief Alt model year: 1973 85 No  
Greenville Snorkel 1 19__ Ward LaFrance/Hi-Ranger   Yes Sold to power company in Texas.
Henderson Snorkel 1 1977 Hendrickson/Pierce/Snorkel  
Henderson/Vance County Platform 1
See above      
High Point   1976 Pierce/Oshkosh/Snorkel 75 Yes  
Lenoir Snorkel 1 1972 Pierce/Oshkosh/Snorkel   Yes Later served Gamewll FD. Now
privately owned.
Lexington Ladder 1 1988 Duplex D500/Grumman/Snorkel Alt: 1989 Duplex Vangard 85 Yes 1500/300. Last seen in Amarillo, TX,
with the Snorkel remounted on a 6x6
for a tree-trimming business
North Wilkesboro   Unit 2105
1988 Duplex/Grumman/Snorkel 85 Yes
1500 GPM
Ocean Isle Beach   1971 ALF AeroChief 90 Yes Ex-Metro Dade, FL. Sold to Panama
Fire Apparatus in 1986. Refurbed,
painted red, sold to OIBFD. Later
sold to Iberia Parish Fire District #1
in Louisiana.
Raleigh Truck 1 1988 Pierce Arrow/Snorkel 85 No  
Rocky Mount   1978 Pierce/Snorkel      
Sanford   1968 ALF AeroChief Alt: 1969 ALF AeroChief. 80 Yes Serial #7-1-1637
Southern Shores   2002? ALF      
Spring Lake Snorkel 1 1968 Young Crusader 85 Yes 1000/200. Two-axle. Former Henrietta, NY.
Stantonsville/Moyton Snorkel 39 1978 Pierce/Oshkosh 85 Yes 1000/500. Bought used. Former department?
Statesville   1973 ALF/Snorkel 85 Yes  
Taylorsville (Central Alexander) Tower 1 1985 E-One/Snorkel   Yes Ex-Southard FD.
Thomasville Snorkel 1 1967 FWD/Snorkel 75 YYes  
Vance County   See Henderson      
Washington Snorkel 1 1979 ALF/Snorkel   Yes  
Western Carteret FD   1970 Young/Snorkel 75 No Two-axle From Long Island, NY
Wilson   1977 Pierce/Snorkel 85 Yes  
Winston-Salem Snorkel Unit 1
Aerial 3
1964 FWD/Baker/Pittman 75 Yes Two-axle
Winston-Salem Aerial 1 1968 Oshkosh/Pierce/Snorkel 885 Yes Three-axle

Plus Bronto Sky-Lifts

Photo Credits:

Left to right, top to bottom:

Plus one Bronto SkyLift:

I think Charlotte mat have also had an 80’s Grumman snorkel. Anyone else remember that one?
Josh Clay - 12/21/13 - 13:23

Photo showing Asheboro’s Snorkel operating on a commercial fire in March 2013. Thought it might be of interest.

Lt. Lemon (Email) - 12/21/13 - 14:03

Thanks Josh. Someone else was saying that very thing. Here’s Ladder 1, the third Snorkel from that area:

Maybe someone has a color pic, posed.
Legeros - 12/21/13 - 15:20

Couple of updates:
The Lenoir snorkel later went to Gamewell VFD and is now privately owned in Lenoir.
Lexington’s snorkel was a 1988 Duplex D500/Grumman. It was last seen in Amarillo,TX with the snorkel itself removed and remounted on a 6×6 by a tree trimming business
Ocean Isle Beach had a 1971 ALF 90’ Aero Chief snorkel from Metro Dade,FL. It later went to Iberia Parrish Fire Dist #1 in Louisiana.
The 1964 FWD snorkel in Winston-salem had a Baker body served as Aerial 3 for many years.
Winston’ 1968 snorkel was an Oshkosh chassis and Pierce body. It was Aerial 1 downtown
BFD1151 - 12/23/13 - 15:10

The Henderson truck went to Vance County when the County hired its own Chief and split away from its leadership by contract with the City of Henderson.The truck when purchased was purchased on a 50/50 agreement between the City of Henderson and the County of Vance. The City housed the truck and provided the manpower to operate it, the County occuried most of the maintenance expense. When the City received their new ladder truck the truck was used for fires outside the city limits and for training and service when the new city truck was down for maintenance and was mainly stored at the city utilities garage. When the County received the truck they kept it for a while and then sold it to a dealer I beleive in South Carolina and now have no idea where the truck is.
TRNewman - 12/24/13 - 12:37

joseph webb (Email) - 12/08/14 - 12:13

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