Here in Happy’s Department we, like many others, have stations of varying age. Some of the brand new houses are spacious, well lit and don’t smell funny. Others are cramped, crowded and have a faint odor no one can find the source of.
Recently I was working one of our outlying engine companies that still uses part of the house built in the 1940s. When remodeled, the Department absorbed the neighboring parking lot and built another single bay garage right next door, attaching the two. This allowed for a larger kitchen in the new addition and added office space on the ground floor of the old one, where the kitchen used to be. The ceiling height difference made for an awkward middle floor for the officer’s quarters.
This is where the tale of 2 poles title comes in. This house has it’s old pole from the dorm to the apparatus floor in the old part of the building, and a newer, interesting concept, in the new house.
The old pole never moved in the remodel, never got a clam shell, it is still bolted to the wall in front of the building. It goes from top to bottom, these are old school 18 foot ceilings.
Pretty straight forward, right? And no, our station isn’t fuzzy, that’s just the entry level camera built into my rockin’ phone. My work camera was liberated from the car in front of my house a few months back.
Over in the new wing of the house, is this fire pole:
This pole has a top, and a bottom, as so many do, but look again. You’re standing on the mezzanine level, the restrooms are above you and the new apparatus floor below. That door to the left goes into the officer’s bunk. Incase of alarm, a sleepy officer could encounter a firefighter sliding from above.
And yes, you can get from the top to the middle, but it is awkward to climb off halfway down.
The reason I bring this up is the recent conversation, apparently, about slides versus poles.
A simple pole in a corner seems to work just fine.