WHEEL AND TIRE EQUIPMENT.
The officers and directors of the International Association of Fire Engineers, who met recently in the city of Jacksonville, Fla., to complete the arrangements for the Association’s annual convention, to be held in that city in October, the subjects to be submitted at the convention were decided upon, and it is noteworthy, as evidencing the up-to-dateness of the association is that several topics selected relate to the modern motor fire apparatus. This, in itself, is not new, for the association has given close and constant attention to the subject of motor apparatus, and has given the weight of its official action in its favor on more than one occasion, but one of the topics chosen, No. 7, “The Proper Wheel and Tire Equipment for Motor Fire Apparatus,” is of special interest in that it deals with a phase of motor apparatus that heretofore has not been directly the subject of a discussion at the association’s meetings and which is particularly timely, inasmuch as never before, probably, has there been so much interest evinced by chiefs and other fire department officials in the subject of tires and wheels for their motor apparatus as at the present. For one thing, the experimental stage has been passed and, for another, motor apparatus has now been in use a sufficient length of time for various types of such equipment to be given adequate tests under all conditions. Since motor apparatus has come into more and more general use, the attention given to wheel and tire equipment has likewise grown, and the making of an opportunity for this subject to be discussed, pro and con, at this year’s convention of the International Association, next Ocuber, will add materially to the interest and value of the program to the chiefs, and will, no doubt, be the occasion of a very extended discussion, as it is of certain interest to all chiefs who have or contemplate having motor apparatus.