THE FIRESTONE SIDE-WIRE MOTOR TIRE.
The Firestone, side-wire motor tire is constructed with cross-wires vulcanised in the rubber near its base and made an actual part of it. It is held firmly in the channel by two endless retaining wires. These retaining wires are of special high carbon steel and are sprung over the edges of the channel, assuming a position between the channel and the tread of the tire. These side-wires afford a positive anchorage for the tire within the channel and effect the strongest retaining device in existence. It will be remembered by those chief engineers who attended the Dallas convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers that a remarkable paper was read by Chief Engineer Kiersted, of the fire department of Newark, N. J., on the topic, “Is it beneficial and economical to use rubber tires on fire apparatus?” Chief Kiersted, who is an authority on the subject, had recently written a letter stating that this equipment is used exclusively on the Newark fire apparatus, and in 150 cities the apparatus is equipped with this tire. Chief Kiersted’s indorsement of such a tire speaks volumes in favor of this improvement, and copies of his address may be obtained from any branch of the Firestone Tire & Rubber company, at Akron. Ohio, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago or St. Louis. It may be pointed out that the Firestone, side-wire motor tire is admirably adapted for chiefs’ buggies and automobiles, and for wagons and vehicles of all descriptions, whether in fire departments or in ordinary use outside of the fire service.