Buffalo Negotiates Multi-Year Contract with Crimson Fire

The City of Buffalo has signed a multi-year contract to purchase four new fire trucks from Crimson Fire Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors. The contract could be extended for up to four additional one-year periods.

The Brandon, S.D.-based manufacturer said work has begun on two new custom pumpers and one aerial for Buffalo, the second largest city in New York state. Crimson has also started designing a 93-foot mid-mount aerial, a new model Crimson developed for the city.

“Since taking office, my administration has worked diligently to upgrade all facets of the Buffalo Fire Department’s firefighting efforts through upgraded technology and state-of-the-art equipment,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown.

Buffalo has 19 fire stations, running 19 pumpers, nine aerials and three specialized rescue vehicles.

“We are very pleased to be working with the City of Buffalo to provide them rugged, customized trucks that will be dependable no matter how harsh the weather gets,” said Jim Salmi, president of Crimson Fire Aerials.

One example, he said, is the 93-foot mid-mount aerial engineered to meet maneuverability issues. The aerial, a Crimson Star series built on a Spartan Gladiator cab and chassis, features a 304 stainless steel body. Its low-profile aerial design removes 28 inches from the tail end of the truck. It also feature an innovative new ladder lifting cradle system.

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