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hook and ladder

a fire engine, usually a tractor-trailer, fitted with long, extensible ladders and other equipment.
Also called hook-and-ladder truck, ladder truck.
Origin of hook and ladder
1825-35, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The department turned out with three hose companies and one hook and ladder company to combat fire.
  • The first hook and ladder truck was a hand-drawn vehicle.
  • Several new hand-drawn engine companies were added, along with a hook and ladder company.
  • The newly organized fire department included three steam engines, a hook and ladder, and five horses.
  • The historic hook and ladder tools have been used for hundreds of years in fire service.

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