THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING GOOD TIRES.
Every chief engineer of a fire department throughout the length and breadth of this great land knows the importance of having the apparatus under his charge in the best possible condition for hard service. The wheel must be cf the approved standard patterns, such as the Archibald make, and they ought to be roller-bearing. With these points attended to, the next and equally important matter of tires must be lookeil after. A poor tire, is the worst thing to have on any fire rolling stock and should not under any circumstances be’ tolerated. An accident to an engine through having poor tires may endanger a large amount of property, besides affecting the confidence of the men; therefore, reliable shodding for the wheels is a most essential consideration. There are only a few brands of tires suitable for fire apparatus on the market, and these have so far, as reported, answered the purpose in a satisfactory way. The strongest claimant for tire-service duty is the Swinehart clincher tire made by the Swinehart Clincher Tire and Rubber company of Akron, Ohio. As will be seen by the illustration herewith, this tire is very solidly constructed, yet, on account of a light steel clincher-rim the weight is reduced and increased strength given to the wheels. The resiliency of the tire is one of its principal features, as after long trials a desired spring for the amount of weight the machine has to carry has been obtained, and the reliability created in this particular has caused much satisfaction. It will be seen that there are no wires used in the construction of the tire, the clincher-rim being used to hold it securely in place. The strongest claim made by the manufacturers of the Swinehart clincher tire is. that from its careful construction it cannot come off, and this great essential, in conjunction with the ether special features described above, certainly makes the appliance a very desirable one for fire-service use. It may be mentioned that a very severe test of the tires was made in a recent trip of t.10 miles with a fully equiped chemical combination wagon. With seven chief engineers on board it traveled that distance over all kinds of roads without a single hitch, and those who made the trip were greatly pleased with the smooth action of the tires.
At Holyoke, Mass.. Special Agent Rogers, of the Gamewell Fire-Alarm Telegraph company, is installing the boxes and whistle in the Braytonvilte mill for the fire-alarm extension to the west end of the city.