Spartan Motors builds ten new apparatus for the Detroit Fire Department

Published:  27 February, 2015

Spartan Motors through its subsidiary Spartan Chassis, recognised the Detroit Fire Department (DFD) during a celebration on the company’s campus in Charlotte, Michigan for the continued commitment of the DFD throughout the city’s resurgence. Daryl Adams, Spartan’s recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, was joined by Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins for a ceremonial presentation during the Pure Michigan Celebration, which resulted in the company donating $10,000 to the Detroit Fire Department.

Daryl Adams, Spartan’s recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, was joined by Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins for a ceremonial presentation during the Pure Michigan Celebration, which resulted in the company donating $10,000 to the Detroit Fire Department.

Pure Michigan

Spartan is building a 10 unit order for the DFD, which it will complete together with Smeal Fire Apparatus, and their local dealer R&R Truck Repair, both which participated in today’s event.

‘As a Michigan-based company, Spartan is honored to supply the cab/chassis for this Detroit Fire Department order,’ Adams commented. ‘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.’

40th Anniversary and the Spartan 9/11 Truck

‘The Emergency Response (ER) segment is much more than a business at Spartan,’ said John Sztykiel, the retiring President 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 NYFD 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 it 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 Product

These custom apparatus built on a Metro Star cab/chassis feature a four-door configuration with a 5-inch raised roof, 178-inch wheelbase, six-person seating, extreme-duty interior finish and an EMS cabinet. They are powered by a 400-horsepower Cummins ISL9 engine and an Allison 3000 GEN V EVS transmission.

Spartan is known  for its Advanced Protection System (APS). Since its introduction in 2012, Spartan’s APS 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 Detroit Fire Department, aligns with Spartan's DRIVE initiative. With the aid from Spartan and its approximately 1,700 associates, the Detroit Fire Department protects one of the USs largest and most active fire and EMT regions.

DRIVE is Spartan's operating strategy based on five tenets:

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

  • Operation Florian

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