CHARLOTTE, Mich., Apr 19, 2012 (GlobeNewswire
via COMTEX) --Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a subsidiary of
Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), introduced two innovations that can
be applied across a number of Spartan ERV pumpers, aerials, tankers and
wildland/urban interface units to improve the efficiency of emergency
responders and firefighters. Both were showcased at the Fire Department
Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind. on April 19.
"The launch of these products will fuel Spartan ERV's continued
growth in the global ER marketplace and serve as validation of the
company's ability to drive innovation organically," said Dennis
Schneider, president of Spartan Emergency Response.
Spartan ERV, which designs, engineers and manufactures fire apparatus
designed to increase the speed, efficiency and safety of first
responders, introduced these two new systems at the Spartan ERV display
(booth #2423) at FDIC:
-- Spartan Intelligent Pump Solution (IPS) -- The Spartan IPS is a pumper
system designed to meet a firefighter's needs. It offers upgrades over
traditional firefighting equipment, including improved storage, pump
capabilities, functionality and maneuverability of the vehicle.
-- Spartan One-Touch Rapid Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) -- Spartan ERV
engineers have incorporated smart electronics and exclusive plumbing
design and engineering to deliver the unique, easy-to-use, One-Touch
"These systems are specifically designed and engineered to help
firefighters work more efficiently and therefore improve safety," says
Schneider. "The products exemplify the type of innovation Spartan
continues to introduce -- forward-thinking products that have made us a
leader in the industry."
Spartan ERV(TM) Intelligent Pump Solution (IPS)
The Spartan ERV(TM) Intelligent Pump Solution is a next-generation
pumper designed to meet firefighter needs, not firefighter tradition.
The IPS pumper raises the bar in terms of equipment-carrying capacity,
maneuverability in tight spaces and apparatus versatility.
The IPS, which meets all NFPA Class A requirements, features a
mid-mount control position that minimizes the chassis space used for
fire suppression, providing additional compartment space for tools and
equipment. This mid-mount position is lower, which gives firefighters
easier access to crosslays.
The IPS is available for custom chassis, and its compact size allows
it to be outfitted on a shorter chassis that creates better
The Spartan ERV(TM) Intelligent Pump Solution features:
-- Water pump capable of pumping up to 1,500 gallons per minute (GPM)
-- CAFS capable
-- Pump and roll capability
-- Custom body & tank configurations
-- Short wheelbase & enhanced compartmentation
Spartan ERV(TM) One-Touch Rapid CAFS
Spartan ERV's One-Touch Rapid CAFS dramatically simplifies the task
of operating a CAFS. A single step engages the CAFS by using
state-of-the-art electronics teamed with exclusive plumbing design and
Spartan engineers have created this easy-to-use system that is
self-regulating, allowing the operator to stay focused on the scene of a
fire while the One-Touch Rapid CAFS automatically actuates and monitors
the injection of foam and air into the line. The One-Touch Rapid CAFS
simple switch technology gives the operator the ability to adjust the
wetness/dryness of the CAFS with a simple switch.
Spartan ERV's CAFS systems offer increased discharge and volume,
allowing firefighters to operate from further, safer distances while
also making hose lines lighter to aid firefighters. Spartan ERV's Rapid
CAFS is capable of generating air flows from 140 to 250 cubic feet per
minute in PTO-driven configurations. The engine-driven system is capable
of air capacities of 135 cubic feet per minute, while generating 185
gpm of water flow. Spartan's systems are capable of producing both
Class A and B foam.
For more information on either the One-Touch Rapid CAFS or the Intelligent Pump Solution (IPS), please see www.spartanERV.com.
About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty
chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the
recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense,
and delivery and service markets. The company's brand names --
Spartan(TM), Spartan ERV(TM) and Utilimaster(R) - are known for quality,
performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The company
employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan,
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, Florida and Texas. Spartan reported
sales of $426 million in 2011 and is focused on becoming a global
leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles
and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.
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