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OTR Tire Conference, Day Two: TIA is making progress on earthmover training

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The Tire Industry Assocation (TIA) has completed the outline for its Basic Earthmover Tire Service (ETS) Training Program and is lobbying the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for involvement in the development of TIA's Certified ETS Program, a more advanced version of Basic ETS.

Filming of the instructional Basic ETS video will take place sometime this summer, with the final edit to be completed during early 2008, Kevin Rohlwing, TIA's senior vice president of training, told attendees earlier today, Feb. 23, at the 2007 OTR Tire Conference in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.

Topics covered will include tire and rim construction and applications, service truck and crane operations, driver safety, and others.

TIA's Certified ETS Program "will be the next level of OTR training," according to Rohlwing. The goal is to provide graduates with "bulletproof protection that significantly limits liability and lowers (tire dealership) insurance costs."

TIA would like MSHA to approve Certified ETS.

This year's OTR Tire Conference, which is sponsored by TIA, ends tomorrow, Feb. 24.

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