hook and ladder

noun
a fire engine, usually a tractor-trailer, fitted with long, extensible ladders and other equipment.
Also called hook-and-ladder truck, ladder truck.


Origin:
1825–35, Americanism

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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.
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  ladder, and five horses.
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