Reporter Mary Jane Smetanka talks with Arthur Anthony of McIntire Brass Works, one of the few manufacturers of fire poles left:
"They went out of favor for a while because, west of the Mississippi, they built all one-story stations. ... Now, roughly 75 percent of our business is west of the Mississippi."
Smetanka reports on a fire station in Richfield, Minnesota that decided to go with the poles when their location required two stories:
"Many cities no longer have room to build sprawling single-story fire stations that don't need poles."