01/28/11 235 W, 1 I - + 1 - 7 Snorkels and Squads and Chicago

My morning browsing noticed this Steve Redick photo in this Statter911 story about a 2-11 fire in Chicago. That's one of Chicago's snorkel squads in action, the second of a two-piece company equipped with a 55-foot articulating platform. They've been running snorkel squads for decades. Here are some new and old apparatus photos, for example, found by Google.

But what's theory or practice behind those short-reach snorkels? Google also finds this Firehouse.com thread and provides some answers. The smaller snorkels are designed to access the rear alleys that are so common in Chicago. Cites a poster, there are lots of wooden porch fires that benefit from an elevated master stream. And their smaller wheelbase and tighter jack spread makes it easier to get close. What other departments use short-reach snorkels?

That thread-- last updated in 2008-- also discusses the future of Chicago's snorkels, as American LaFrance has discontinued the Snorkel line. What's happening there? Seems the booms are no longer being built, notes these October 2010 comments to this ChicagoAreaFire.com posting, about the sale of a reserve snorkel. Interesting reading.

Finally, the photo below is by Steve Redick. He and his father have been photographing fire and fire apparatus for decades around Chicago. He's even authored a couple books, available for sale on Blurb. Check out the one on classic Chicago rigs!

Steve Redick photo from Statter911.com

Seems like they could have someone re-certify the booms for installation on new apparatus. Don’t they do that with ladders?
Duda (Email) - 01/28/11 - 09:33

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