This is a re-posting of a Legeros Blog Archives posting from December 21, 2013, that’s no longer available on the old site, due to technical problems.
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 are some photos. Still looking for more, such as posed shots of Durham’s Hi-Ranger, High Point’s Snorkel, and others we’ve missed. Photo credits include the Richard Adelman Collection (via eBay), Jeff Harkey, Andrew Messer, Mike Legeros, Lee Wilson, unknown via eBay, and a couple fire departments.
Click once or twice to enlarge:
Here’s the data:
|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-Grumman/Snorkel||85||Yes||1 of 3|
|Charlotte||Ladder 16||19__ Pierce/Snorkel||Yes||2 of 3|
|Charlotte||Ladder 18||19__ Pierce/Snorkel||Yes||3 of 3|
|Chocowinity||Snorkel 1||1979 ALF/Snorkel||Yes||Ex-Washington, NC|
|Durham||Snorkel 1||1971 Ward LaFrance /Hi-Ranger||85||Yes|
|Frankin||1972 ALF AeroChief||85||No||Ex-Greensboro|
|Goldsboro||Snorkel 1||1977 ____/Snorkel||85||Yes|
|Greensboro||1972 ALF AeroChief||85||No|
|Greenville||Snorkel 1||19__ Ward LaFrance / Hi-Ranger||Yes|
|Henderson||Snorkel 1||1977 Hendrickson/Pierce/Snorkel||Yes|
|Henderson/Vance County||See above|
|High Point||1976 Pierce/Oshkosh/Snorkel||75||Yes|
|Lenoir||Snorkel 1||1972 Pierce/Oshkosh/Snorkel||Yes||Later served Gamewll FD. Now
|Lexington||1988 Duplex D500/Gumman/Snorkel||85||Two-axle. Last seen in Amarillo, TX,
with the Snorkel remounted on a 6×6
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
|Raleigh||Truck 1||1988 Pierce Arrow/Snorkel||85||No|
|Rocky Mount||1978 Pierce/Snorkel|
|Sanford||1968 ALF AeroChief||80||Yes|
|Southern Shores||2002? ALF|
|Spring Lake||19__ Young Crusader|
|Statesville||1973 ALF / Snorkel||85||Yes|
|Taylorsville||Tower 1||Central Alexander, 1985 E-One/Snorkel||Yes||ExSouthard,|
|Thomasville||Snorkel 1||1967 FWD/Snorkel||75||Yes|
|Vance County||See Henderson|
|Western Carteret FD||1970 Young/Snorkel||75||No||Two-axleFrom Long Island, NY|
|Winston-Salem||Snorkel Unit 1
|Winston-Salem||Aerial 1||1968 Oshkosh/Pierce/Snorkel||85||Yes||Three-axle|
Plus Bronto Sky-Lifts
- Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point – 200_ E_One/Bronto SkyLift with pump
- Pembroke (L21) – 200_ E-One/Bronto SkyLift with pump
December 21, 2013 – Josh Clay
I think Charlotte may have also had an 80’s Grumman snorkel. Anyone else remember that one?
December 21, 2013 – Lt. Lemon
Photo showing Asheboro’s Snorkel operating on a commercial fire in March 2013. Thought it might be of interest. http://courier-tribune.com/sites/courier-tribune.com/files/article/150171_web_Lightly-Used-Appliances-Fire-2.jpg
December 23, 2013 – Legeros
Thanks Josh. Someone else was saying that very thing. Here’s Ladder 1, the third Snorkel from that area: https://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/weblog/images/2013-12-21-cfd.jpg Maybe someone has a color pic, posed.
December 23, 2013 – BFD1151
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.
December 24, 2013 – TRNewman
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 occurred 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 believe in South Carolina and now have no idea where the truck.
December 8, 2014 – joseph webb
STANTONSBURG MOYTON VOL FIRE DEPT 1979 PIERCE 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.