One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various types of pole used by firefighters, especially one used to pull down walls, ceilings, etc., in burning buildings. Compare fire hook, pike-pole. Now historical and rare.
2A fireman's pole in a fire station; = fireman's pole.
3A fixed vertical pole used as a piece of play equipment.
Early 18th century (in an earlier sense). From fire + pole.
fire pole/ˈfʌɪə pəʊl/
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