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    Question Snorkel - Who is still using them?

    Other than perhaps the Chicago Squad's, is anyone still running a snorkel on a regular basis? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcatee1 View Post
    Other than perhaps the Chicago Squad's, is anyone still running a snorkel on a regular basis? Just curious.
    Philadelphia has two in front line service.

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    Lawrence Mass is still using one.

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    Louisa County, VA just retired one last month.
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    In St. Paul, we still have 1 in front line service and 1 in the hanger queen fleet.

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    The amount of water that has gone out of the gun in the basket of the snorkel in Lawrence could have probably filled up the Pacific Ocean several times over with the amount of work that rig has seen.
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    Wood River, Illinois.

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    I'm really surprised that there are that many still in service. Thank you very much for the responses.

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    Is this Rob from the Pekin area? Blast from the past!

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    Indeed it is Joel.

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    City of Portland maine is still running an 85' as Ladder 1. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    City of Portland maine is still running an 85' as Ladder 1. T.C.
    Here is a photo from last month. It's mounted on a Pierce.
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    Newest one I have seen is from Henry County, GA. (Photo courtesy of FireLine, Inc.)

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    Media Fire Company in Delaware County runs a 2002 Pierce Snorkel.

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    GTRider245 that is a Bronto not a Snorkel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomwnh View Post
    GTRider245 that is a Bronto not a Snorkel.
    Indeed, if we're expanding into all articulating aerials, I'm betting we can add hundreds to the list.

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    Not that I'm not interested in the articulating aerials, but I'm more interested in the Snorkel product.

    Back when I was still selling apparatus, I had a customer who was interested in a refurb. Because of a possible lack of parts and qualified people to service the device, it limited the life span of the unit. So, the customer opted not to do it.

    I'm thinking that these vehicles that we still see in service are the last of the breed. I did find them interesting and useful for their time. But they will be history in the very near future. Much like the steamers.

    What do you think?

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    I think Philly still has two on KME chassis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
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    Slippage,hehe T.C.

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    Here is Lawrence, MA's Snorkel off of firenews.org


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    Quote Originally Posted by rmcatee1 View Post
    Not that I'm not interested in the articulating aerials, but I'm more interested in the Snorkel product.

    Back when I was still selling apparatus, I had a customer who was interested in a refurb. Because of a possible lack of parts and qualified people to service the device, it limited the life span of the unit. So, the customer opted not to do it.

    I'm thinking that these vehicles that we still see in service are the last of the breed. I did find them interesting and useful for their time. But they will be history in the very near future. Much like the steamers.

    What do you think?
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    When you at the two pictures it's obvious why the Snorkle product is fading away.
    A 100' Bronto that is considerably shorter in road mode than an 85' Snorkle.
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    I sent a message to ALF asking when the last unit was built and where it went. This is the response I got:

    From: Rob McAtee [mailto:rmcatee1@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 11:30 PM
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    Subject: Question about the snorkel

    Hello,

    I have a question about the snorkel. When was the last unit built and which department purchased it?

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    Hi Rob,

    There were three 55 Snorkels built for Chicago IL roughly 10 years ago. I believe these units are still in-service today.

    Thanks

    Scott D. Hackman

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