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    ladder company 169

    A man says "My name is Mark and I'm in ladder company 169"

    What is the meaning of "ladder company 169"??

    I got that he is working in a company that produces "ladders", I hop eI'm right! but what is "169"???

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: ladder company 169

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    A man says "My name is Mark and I'm in ladder company 169"

    What is the meaning of "ladder company 169"??

    I got that he is working in a company that produces "ladders", I hop eI'm right! but what is "169"???

    Thanks a lot.
    I'm pretty sure that this is how each separate fire department (ie firefighters, or firemen in BrE) are identified in America.

    Edit - sorry, that should be each "fire station", not department.

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    Re: ladder company 169

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm pretty sure that this is how each separate fire department (ie firefighters, or firemen in BrE) are identified in America.

    Edit - sorry, that should be each "fire station", not department.
    What do you mean? I can't get anything

    Thanks.

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    Re: ladder company 169

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    What do you mean? I can't get anything

    Thanks.
    The fire brigade. Firefighters. The emergency service who go out when something is on fire.

    Each fire station (the building where they are based) has a number, and someone who works for the fire brigade (fire service) will work for a fire station (I think that's fire house in AmE) with a number. Each team of firefighters has a designated number, so someone who works, for example at a fire station in a specific area in a specific city, and is assigned to a specific team, will say he works for "Ladder Company 169". That's how they refer to the separate teams of firefighters.

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    Re: ladder company 169

    I swear it's not clear! Really I don't know what's missing!
    mmm, I still can't get what this number for??? I mean does he want to say "I work as a firefighter?"????

    Because what I got that even "campany ladder" is not a company!

    Sorry, I REALLY can't get what he wants to say

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    Re: ladder company 169

    Like he wants to say "I work as a firefighter in a fire station no. 169"?

    I that what he wants to say?

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    Re: ladder company 169

    In the army, you have brigades, battalions, companies, platoons, squads.

    A company in an army has nothing to do with a private manufacturing company. It's just a word used to describe the division.

    In a large city, the fire department has various companies as well. They are not private manufacturing companies -- they are divisions within the overall fire department.

    Any four-year-old boy I've ever met can point to various fire trucks and say "that's a ladder truck" or "that's a pumper" or whatever the various types of fire trucks are. (I've never been or had a four-year-old boy, so I missed this phase.)

    The ladder company has ladder trucks. They respond to a fire along with other companies, and together, they work to put out the fire.

    Each company has its own number.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: ladder company 169

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the army, you have brigades, battalions, companies, platoons, squads.

    A company in an army has nothing to do with a private manufacturing company. It's just a word used to describe the division.

    In a large city, the fire department has various companies as well. They are not private manufacturing companies -- they are divisions within the overall fire department.

    Any four-year-old boy I've ever met can point to various fire trucks and say "that's a ladder truck" or "that's a pumper" or whatever the various types of fire trucks are. (I've never been or had a four-year-old boy, so I missed this phase.)

    The ladder company has ladder trucks. They respond to a fire along with other companies, and together, they work to put out the fire.

    Each company has its own number.
    Thanks a lot. Yes, I got it when you kinldy referred to the army (it's something like a team" He means to say "I work as a figherfighter on ladder trucks (no pumping trucks) in a team no. 196"

    THAAAANKS.

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    Re: ladder company 169

    You got it!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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