An article about the pompier ladder. The "pompier ladder" (pronounced pom-peer) is probably named for French firefighters known as "Pompier" (pronounced pom-pee-yay). It is reported as "invented" by a St. Louis Lieutenant named Christ Hoell. In some fire departments it was also known as the "Hoell Rescue Device."
An article about the definition of the hook ladder. The hook ladder (also called a pompier ladder) was once a very important tool of the fire department as firefighters could theoretically reach every floor of a building with it. It consists of a simple 2.5-meter ladder with a long, flat hook on its top, with serrations on the underside which gripped the sill.