CBS comes to Pinion Pine<BR>

Pinion Pine Fire Department may be featured on national television news.

A CBS news crew from New York is expected to be at the Pinion Pine Fire Department today to interview Chief Joe Jackson concerning an incident last summer with a Firestone tire on one of the department's two fire engines.

The national news network heard of Jackson's recent comments in a firefighters magazine after a Phoenix-area fire department - which also had two tires separate on its fire engines - had used Jackson as a reference, he said.

While reporting to a fire Sept.

16, one of the back tires of PPFD's main fire engine separated.

Because the engine had dual tires in the back, there was no accident.

Another engine had to be called to the fire scene, he said.

"We don't know if it's just bad luck or if it's a tire problem," Jackson said.

He initially did not report the tire separation until tires on the Sun City West Fire Department fire engines also separated about one month later and the fire chief there contacted him.

PPFD's two engines use six tires each.

The main fire engine's tires are currently Bridgestone and Firestone makes.

Jackson hopes to replace the tires gradually with another major brand tire as needed.

The department had used another tire brand for the 1999 fire season, its first with the department's main fire engine, with hardly any problems until switching to Firestone tires in spring of 2000, he said.

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