Tires Ten Years in Use

Tires Ten Years in Use

The world’s record for length of service from pneumatic tires is claimed by the fire department at Mansfield. Mass. It has one pair of Firestone fires that have been in use for ten years. The pair were part of the original tire equipment on the first piece of motorized fire-fighting apparatus bought by the city. This was a Pope-Hartford squad wagon, delivered in the spring of 1910. “What’s more,” said Fire Chief H. E. King recently, “these tires have never failed us on the way to a fire, despite the fact that they have always had difficult service. The squad wagon is the hardest worked piece of apparatus in the department. It goes to every fire and is often sent out alone to small blazes or bush fires. On the way to hush fires it frequently is driven cross-lots, over stubs and stumps, over old stone walls and rubbish and even through creeks. The rule is, any way to get to the fire in the shortest time possible.”

Chief H. E. King Examining Pair of Tires in Use Ten Years on Apparatus in the Mansfield, Mass., Fire Department

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