Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors Inc., has received an order for 13 of its custom fire apparatus to be delivered to a metropolitan fire department in Texas. The order includes nine custom-built engines, one high-pressure engine for downtown high-rise operations, two 105-foot aerials and one 100-foot rear mount platform.
“An order of this significance reflects our legacy and leadership in designing solutions that allow first responders to protect the communities they serve with great efficiency and in an optimally safe work environment,” says Daryl Adams, Spartan Motors president and CEO. “We are constantly working to satisfy evolving firehouse needs for vehicle safety, speed, agility, ergonomics and serviceability. We are pleased to have been selected and we are confident Spartan Motors will help first responders in Texas in the line of duty.”
Spartan Motors was selected for this order in part because of its ability to produce highly-customized apparatus designed to meet the specific needs of fire departments in Texas, the company says. Many environmental and operational factors were considered to ensure optimal performance and firefighter safety in extreme conditions.
All units are custom-built on a Spartan chassis featuring a high engine air intake, new enhanced air conditioning system and the Spartan Advanced Protection System (APS) — a smart occupant restraint and protection system designed specifically for emergency response vehicles. APS includes eight strategically placed airbags and outboard sensors that feed into an intelligent restraint control module to provide enhanced protection for the driver and occupants, Spartan Motors says.