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Spartan Emergency Response Expands Latin American Presence With Add-On Orders From Puerto Rico And Chile

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Spartan Emergency Response Expands Latin American Presence With Add-On Orders From Puerto Rico And Chile

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Spartan Emergency Response ("Spartan" or "Spartan ER"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR), advances its position as the global leader in safety driven design with  two significant orders for apparatus built on custom Spartan cabs and chassis that are expected be delivered to Latin America later this month.  The Cuerpo de Bomberos de Puerto Rico and the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santiago chose Spartan apparatus equipped with Spartan Advanced Protection System® to best serve heavily populated communities while providing optimal firefighter safety in the process.

Spartan apparatus for the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Puerto Rico and the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santiago

"We understand that one size doesn't fit all, and oftentimes, a commercial chassis may not provide first responders with the flexibility they need to serve the unique conditions in which they operate," said Daryl Adams, Spartan Motors President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have the ability to engineer apparatus that combines first-to-market technologies with the safest cab and chassis in the industry, and this allows Spartan to best meet the demands of Latin American fire departments and the communities they serve.  Our combined technology and safety acumen is the primary reason we continue to win repeat orders that expand our global customer base."

The new orders come at a time when responding to emergencies, including natural disasters, has never been more critical.  When the Fire Department of Puerto Rico made the decision to add to their fleet, they chose to replace out-of-service apparatus with three Spartan S-180 pumpers, as well as a Ladder Tower TeleSqurt® telescoping boom ladder that is built on a Spartan Gladiator custom chassis.  Each unit was built to customer specification, with tight corners and narrow roadways in mind.  Spartan's S-180 line of pumpers, also built on custom Spartan cabs and chassis, provide industry-leading strength, safety, and storage; and they are delivered to customers in half the time of industry competitors. Delivery time was an important factor to Puerto Rico, as they rebuilt a weather-and age-worn fleet. With this order, Puerto Rico's Fire Department will now be able to better support fire and rescue operations in areas that were not previously accessible with its older apparatus.

Separately, Chile's Cuerpo de Bomberos de Santiago added four 75' aerial ladder tenders built on Spartan's Metrostar custom chassis. The complete apparatus, also built to spec to have tighter turning radius, better suspension, and be more adept at tackling nearly any terrain, are fully equipped with Spartan Advanced Protection System.  These trucks will support missions that include responses to structure and brush fires, motor vehicle accidents, heavy rescues, hazardous materials calls, and more.  Santiago's aerial fleet addition replaces ladder tender vehicles that previously had no aerial devices on board, as is common in Chilean fire departments.  The soon-to-be-delivered Spartan aerials will now lead the charge as first responding units to all structure fires in Chile's largest city center.

"We appreciate both Puerto Rico's and Santiago's investment in Spartan apparatus," said Adams. "We are confident that these trucks will provide great safety improvements for the firefighters and residents of their respective regions for years to come."

News of the pending Latin American deliveries come on the heels of Spartan's recent announcement of its new High Air Intake Gladiator X15 fire truck cab and chassis design that will be introduced at this week's Fire-Rescue International 2018 Conference. For more information on all Spartan Emergency Response products, check out: www.spartanmotors.com/emergency-response.

About Spartan Motors
Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies, and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, defense forces, and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck) markets. The Company's brand names — Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories, Smeal, and its family of brands, including Ladder Tower™ and UST®; and Utilimaster®, a Spartan Motors Company — are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service, and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 2,300 associates, and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota; Saltillo, Mexico; and Lima, Peru. Spartan reported sales of $707 million in 2017. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.

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