Elevating Platforms A Fire Apparatus Photo Gallery
Cherry-pickers were a good way for firemen to get to places that traditional aerial ladders weren’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.