I am in the process of starting to build a new tree house for a small summer camp, and I would VERY much like to add a fireman's pole to it. The problem is that I can't figure out what to use for the pole. Plus I'm sure there are a few other issues around having one.
The height I'm going to shoot for as a deck on the tree house is 8 feet. The kids at our camp are from 7-17, and 8 feet is high enough for a 16 year old to feel like he's off the ground, and not so high that an 8 year old is afraid of it. Plus if a kid does something stupid and falls off hopefully 8 feet isn't so high that it will hurt him too badly, (we've had kids fall from higher than that just climbing around in trees).
I also found various postings about people using things like fence post poles, but I worry again about the fact that this fireman's pole will get MUCH more use at a summer camp than ones in most people's back yards. I need this pole to be rock solid, and be able to take large 17 year old boys time and time and time again.