Today, April 21st, marks the 130th anniversary of the day the first firehouse pole was installed!
Before that spiral staircases or sliding chutes were used; certainly not as effective as a fire pole & I'm sure a heck of a lot less fun.

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Wikipedia has a great article on the history of the fire pole, you can view it by clicking here.

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Comment by SHONDA on February 24, 2009 at 2:07pm
Great site, I added my tatoo back in Sept. for the 911 anniversary. Keep up the good work!

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