Definition of hook-and-ladder truck in US English:

hook-and-ladder truck


  • A fire engine that carries extension ladders and other firefighting and rescue equipment.

    • ‘From hook-and-ladder trucks to water-pumping trucks to the fire chief's car, children have the run of every kind of fire vehicle imaginable.’
    • ‘Hundreds gathered across the street behind a police line as firefighters atop hook-and-ladder trucks doused water on the roof of the building.’
    • ‘About five minutes later, a hook-and-ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to a third floor open window.’
    • ‘Four hook-and-ladder trucks and one fire rescue vehicle were on the scene.’
    • ‘D.C. firefighters typically respond to a building fire with 37 firefighters, five engines, two hook-and-ladder trucks and a heavy-duty rescue squad.’
    • ‘In full-dress uniform, they met the procession on Washington Place near Main Avenue, where a series of cars and fire engines passed under a giant American flag hoisted by two hook-and-ladder trucks.’
    • ‘In 1913 the company moved into a new facility in Woodstock, Ontario where it continued to produce hook-and-ladder trucks and chemical wagons ‘ideally suited to small municipalities’.’