Elevating Platforms A Fire Apparatus Photo Gallery by Paul Barrett
Cherry-pickers were a good way for firemen to get to places that traditional aerial ladders werenâ€™t able to reach. This led to the revolutionary Elevating Platform, or ''Snorkel,'' as called by many firemen.
Here is a concise history of each company that built elevated platforms, along with a photographic timeline of the various rigs they were built on. This book features such companies as the Pitman Snorkel, American Lafrance Aero-Chief, Hi-Ranger, Calavar, and Bronto Skylifts. It also covers a few remaining companies that each built only a small number of elevating platforms. This book documents their beginnings in 1958 up to the impressive articulating platforms of today.