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:
Here's the data, updated February 2016:
|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
2 of 3 - 1000/200
|Charlotte||Ladder 18||1989 Pierce Arrow/Snorkel||85
3 of 3 - 1000/200.
Later operated by C&B FD in South Carolina.
|Chocowinity||Snorkel 1||1979 ALF/Snorkel||Yes||Ex-Washington, NC|
||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|
|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||
|High Point||1976 Pierce/Oshkosh/Snorkel||75||Yes|
|Lenoir||Snorkel 1||1972 Pierce/Oshkosh/Snorkel||Yes||Later served Gamewll FD. Now
|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
|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
|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?|
|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|
Snorkel Unit 1
|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
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
STANTONSBURG MOYTON VOL FIRE DEPT 1979 PEIRCE 85 FT SNORKEL PURCHASED FROM GLADWYNE FIRE CO MONTGOMERY CO. PENNSYLVANIA IN 2007. I WAS A MEMBER ON THAT DEPARTMENT THEN HOPE I COULD HELP SOME...GREAT PICS BY THE WAY.
joseph webb (Email) - 12/08/14 - 12:13