Thread: The fire pole

  1. #1
    afl
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    Question The fire pole

    I heard once on the radio that the fire pole was invented in Chicago. Is this true? And does anyone know where i could get info about it? I'm doing a history fair project, and this information would be helpful.

    Thanks.
    afl

  2. #2
    Brian Dunlap
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    Cool

    I have herd that the Brass Version was invented in NYC by a FDNY Firefighter sometime in the mid to late 1870's. The Chicago Version was of a smoother Wooden Type and found to quite painful on the hands and legs from splinters.....I have a book "The American Fire Station" great historical view on american fire stations from the shed to the monsterous castles of today...In it a small excerpt on poles is mentioned ....I'm not 100% Positive but I believe what I've told you is correct

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