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TIA releases Earthmover Tire Service training program

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The Tire Industry Association's (TIA) new Basic Earthmover Tire Service (ETS) training program outlines skills and safety guidelines for servicing one-piece, three-piece, five-piece and double gutter OTR tire and wheel assemblies.


"Basic ETS is designed as an in-house training program that is comprised of a 3.5-hour video and a 350-page color workbook," say TIA officials. "Students who successfully complete (its) final exam and skills demonstration will receive a TIA certificate of completion."


"Basic ETS is the first to feature a completely new look for TIA’s training programs, and it will be applied to all future training programs and updates," says Kevin Rohlwing, TIA senior vice president of training.


"The new look and feel of Basic ETS reflects our evolving approach to training. Each video module is dedicated to one subject, so most of them have an average length of 7 to10 minutes, which is ideal for video-based programs.


"The workbook mirrors the video, and includes high-resolution color images that were taken during production, so it also serves as a valuable resource following the training."


Basic ETS is divided into 15 different modules on subjects ranging from tire nomenclature and service truck operation to site preparation and hydraulic tools. Through a special agreement with the Tire Rim Association, the program's workbook also includes load and inflation tables for OTR tires.


"OTR tires present unique risks to technicians due to their size and volume of air," says TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield, "and Basic ETS will provide them with valuable information that they can use to protect themselves and others."


For more information, visit and click on "Training." Interested parties also can contact Chris Bell at (800) 876-8372, ext. 106 or via



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