Spartan Motors Builds 10 New Fire Apparatus Cabs/Chassis for the Detroit (MI) Fire Department

The Smeal-built pumper above is built on a Spartan Metro Star chassis.

CHARLOTTE, MI—Spartan Motors, Inc., through its subsidiary Spartan Chassis, recognized the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) during a celebration on the Company’s Charlotte, Michigan campus for the continued commitment of the DFD throughout the city’s resurgence. Daryl Adams, Spartan’s recently appointed president and CEO, was joined by Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins for a ceremonial presentation during the Pure Michigan Celebration, which resulted in the Company making a $10,000 donation to the Detroit Fire Department.

Spartan is building a 10-apparatus order for the DFD, which it will complete together with Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. and its local dealer R&R Truck Repair, both of which participated in the event.

“As a Michigan-based company, Spartan is honored to supply the cabs/chassis for this Detroit Fire Department order,” Adams states. “We find it rewarding on many levels and look forward to assisting the Detroit Fire Department in protecting the lives and property of its residents. Spartan is committed to supporting the City of Detroit and the state of Michigan by providing the best emergency response cab/chassis in the industry.”

“The Emergency Response (ER) segment is much more than a business at Spartan,” says John Sztykiel, retiring pesident and CEO of Spartan Motors. “Twenty-eight percent (28%) of the Spartan workforce has firefighting experience or currently serves. It is a big part of who we are. Today is also about celebrating the unique fabric of our associates. Following the 9/11 tragedy our associates built the 9/11 truck, which was delivered to the FDNY by Hendrickson Fire and Rescue Equipment of Islandia, New York. The 9/11 truck is a true demonstration of our commitment to the fire service and our national pride. We could not be more pleased to have the truck back. It will be restored and put to great use in celebrating the fire service and what differentiates the Spartan Team.”

February 19, 2015 also marked the commencement of Spartan’s 40th year celebration which will progress throughout the year. Spartan has been Pure Michigan for 40 years and will continue as a proud member of the Michigan-based business community and the economic force driving Michigan forward.

The Apparatus Order
These custom apparatus built on Metro Star® cabs/chassis feature a four-door configuration with a five-inch raised roof, 178-inch wheelbase, six-person seating, extreme-duty interior finish, and an EMS cabinet. They are powered by 400-hp Cummins ISL9 engines and Allison 3000 GEN V EVS transmissions.

Spartan is known throughout the industry for durable, high quality products—including its revolutionary Advanced Protection System™ (APS). Since its introduction in 2012, Spartan’s APS has enjoyed strong market acceptance and is specified by customers on approximately 75% of orders received.

Spartan’s APS provides protection in rollover, side impact and frontal impact incidents. APS features an industry leading eight airbags; including front airbags, side-impact air curtains, airbags for the driver and officer’s positions and advanced seat belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners. The APS is the only cab protection system to feature ejection-mitigation airbag curtains for enhanced firefighter safety.

Community involvement, such as support for the DFD, aligns with Spartan’s D.R.I.V.E. initiative as it promotes the company’s vibrant culture while also creating excited customers and brand loyalists. With the aid from Spartan and its approximately 1,700 associates, the DFD protects one of the nation’s largest and most active fire and EMT regions.

D.R.I.V.E. is Spartan’s operating strategy based on five tenets:

  • Diversified Growth
  • Redefining Technology and Innovation
  • Integrated Operational Excellence
  • Vibrant Culture
  • Excited Consumers/Brand Loyalists

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