aerial ladder


: a mechanically operated extensible ladder usually mounted on a fire truck

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Soon, an aerial ladder truck – along with more than 20 firefighters from multiple stations – arrived. oregonlive, 4 Mar. 2023 Two people from one vehicle were able to climb out before the hole grew larger, and passengers of the other vehicle were rescued by about 50 firefighters using a high-angle rope and an aerial ladder. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 13 Jan. 2023 Crews then opted for a different tool — an aerial ladder — which allowed rescuers to properly position themselves over the hole. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 Authorities said two people escaped by themselves and firefighters used ropes and an aerial ladder to rescue two others who had minor injuries. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2023 Plano Fire-Rescue will receive two pumper fire trucks and an aerial ladder truck to replace old trucks. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 21 June 2022 Video shows a fire crew using an aerial ladder truck to reach the victims and secure the car from moving. Chris Pandolfo, Fox News, 23 Nov. 2022 For most of his life, Kris kept a photo of himself as a young man at the fire academy, perched atop an aerial ladder looking upward. cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 The Portland Fire Bureau released photographs of the battle against the blaze from the top of aerial ladder trucks called to the scene. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aerial ladder was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Aerial ladder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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