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"fireman's scaling ladder," French, literally "fireman," from pompe "pump" (see pump (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • It does not amuse the pompier,” said Dumas, “but I know what it wants.

    Dumas' Paris Francis Miltoun
  • I have a horse entered for the race to-morrow, pompier de Nanterre.

  • When the act was finished, Dumas went in search of the pompier, who did not know him.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
  • On this occasion, M. Wilkie—being fortunate enough to arrive the first—immediately repaired to pompier de Nanterre's stall.

  • He would willingly have given his third share in pompier de Nanterre to have made his escape.

  • Had he not found the most exquisite happiness in his part ownership of pompier de Nanterre!

  • I have staked a thousand louis on 'pompier de Nanterre,' my horse, and my friends have ventured ten times as much.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau

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