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Spartan Emergency Response, or simply Spartan, is a fire apparatus manufacturer with headquarters located in Charlotte, Michigan. All Spartan ER pumpers are built at the facility in Brandon, South Dakota. Additional manufacturing facilities are located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and Snyder, Nebraska. The company also manufactures and supplies fire chassis to other fire body manufacturers. Spartan ER was a division of Spartan Motors prior to its purchase by REV Group.

History[]

Spartan Motors[]

Spartan Motors was formed in Charlotte, Michigan in 1976 by four engineers from the bankrupt Diamond-REO truck company. Spartan designed and manufactured a custom cabover chassis for fire services. Like Duplex, Hendrickson, Oshkosh and Pemfab, Spartan supplied chassis to apparatus body manufacturers - this market niche falls between custom apparatus built entirely by apparatus manufacturers (like Pierce or E-One) and commercial chassis rigs like Ford, Freightliner or GMC. Unlike their specialty competitors, Spartan would build chassis to end-user specifications, enabling smaller body manufacturers to offer a custom apparatus option. The Spartan chassis was popular, and apparatus manufacturers throughout North America offered (and continue to offer) Spartan-chassis apparatus.

In the 1980s, Spartan also began to build custom chassis for motor homes.

Early models included the CFC, CFG and CFH chassis. The Gladiator was introduced in 1983 and continues to be one of Spartan's most popular models. Other models introduced in the 1980s and 1990s included the Diamond, the Monarch, the rear-engine Silent Knight and the GT-One. The Metro Star and Advantage were introduced in the latter part of the 1990s and the Metro Star remains in production today.

Fire Body Manufacturing[]

In 1997, Spartan entered the apparatus body side of the industry through its acquisition of Luverne Fire Apparatus Ltd. of Brandon, South Dakota and Quality Manufacturing Inc. of Talladega, Alabama. Initially, the two facilities continued to operate as subsidiaries under their original names, but were merged in 2003 to form Crimson Fire. Spartan also acquired Road Rescue Inc., an ambulance manufacturer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Road Rescue was later sold to Allied Specialty Vehicles. In 2011, Spartan acquired Classic Fire of Ocala, Florida.

Crimson 50

The last Crimson Fire branded apparatus was delivered in 2013 to Tatamy Volunteer Fire Company.

Spartan ER[]

In 2012, Spartan rebranded Crimson as Spartan ERV. In 2017/2018, Spartan Motors rebranded Spartan ERV as Spartan Emergency Response. Spartan purchased Smeal in 2016 and acquired all their brands: Smeal, Ladder Tower Company (LTC), and US Tanker.

Spartan ER and Spartan Chassis were consolidated under the Spartan Motors brand. In 2018/2019, Spartan ERV was rebranded again under the Spartan ER banner.

REV Group[]

On 03 February 2020, the REV Group announced its acquisition of Spartan ER effective 01 February 2020. Spartan Emergency Response and its brands, Spartan Fire Apparatus and Chassis, Smeal Fire Apparatus, Ladder Tower (LTC), and US Tanker (UST), will immediately become part of REV’s Fire & Emergency (“F&E”) segment. REV Group also purchased the rights to the “Spartan” name and logo, which it is licensing back to Spartan Motors for its RV chassis business.

Timeline[]

Year Action
1975 Spartan is founded by four young engineers from the Diamond Reo Truck Company.
1997 Spartan acquires Luverne and Quality.
2003 Luverne and Quality are merged to form Crimson Fire.
2011 Spartan purchases Classic Fire.
Late 2012 Crimson Fire is rebranded as Spartan ERV.
2017 Spartan acquires Smeal, LTC and US Tanker. Spartan ERV and Spartan Chassis are consolidated under the Spartan Motors brand.
2018/19 Spartan ERV is re-branded as Spartan Emergency Response (Spartan ER).
February 2020 Spartan ER and its subsidiaries and brands are acquired by REV Group.

In 2020 the remainder of the business units not acquired by REV Group rebranded under the name The Shyft Group. These included:

  • Royal Truck Body,
  • General Truck Body,
  • Strobes-R-Us,
  • Utilimaster,
  • Duramag,
  • Spartan RV Chassis, and;
  • Builtmore Contract Manufacturing.

Products[]

Spartan Emergency Response sells a full line of pumpers, aerial devices, tankers, rescues and brush trucks on custom Spartan and commercial chassis through a Western Hemisphere-wide dealer network. Major customers include Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, Chicago Fire Department, Houston Fire Department, and Toronto Fire Services. The company has also received major contracts from Peru, Chile and Brazil.

Spartan Part Numbers

Custom Chassis[]

Current Models[]

Discontinued Models[]

Cab Lengths[]

  • ER - Two Door (77.10")
  • LTD - Long Two Door (+33")
  • SMFD - Short Medium Four Door (+45")
  • MFD - Medium Four Door (+54")
  • EMFD - Extended Medium Four Door (+60")
  • LFD - Long Four Door (+67.5")
  • ELFD - Extended Long Four Door (+74")

Measurements are from front-wheel centerline to back of cab (except the ER which is bumper to back of cab.)

Spartan Cab Configurations

Roof Configurations[]

  • flat
  • 5" raised
  • 10" raised (shown above)
  • 20" raised
  • 24" raised

Evolution Fascia Option[]

Evolution Fascia

The Evolution is a front fascia design available on Gladiator and Metro Star cabs. It is standard on the Metro Star-RT cab. It provides a "more modern design" to the cab front.

Aerials[]

Ladders[]

75' Rear-Mount Ladder 75' Rear-Mount Ladder 100' Rear-Mount Ladder 105' Rear-Mount Ladder 107' Smart Reach Ladder 110' Rear-Mount Ladder NXT 110' Aerial 125' Rear-Mount Ladder
Brand Smeal Ladder Tower Smeal Smeal Smeal Ladder Tower Ladder Tower Smeal
Rear Axle Single or Tandem Single Tandem Tandem Tandem Tandem Tandem Tandem
Aerial Extension Capacity 75' vertical
71'-6" horizontal
75' vertical
66' horizontal
100' vertical
97' horizontal
105' vertical
101'-5" horizontal
107' vertical
101'-5" horizontal
110' vertical
99' horizontal
110' vertical
99' horizontal
125' vertical
121' horizontal
Operating Range -6° to 72° -7° to 78° -6° to 72° -8° to 72° -8° to 72° -7° to 78° -7° to 78° -12° to 72°
Payload Capacity 750 lbs dry or wet 500 lbs dry or wet 500 lbs dry or wet 750 lbs dry or wet 750 lbs dry or wet 750/500 lbs dry/wet (14' jack spread)
500/250 lbs dry/wet (12' jack spread)
750/500 lbs dry/wet (14' jack spread)
500/250 lbs dry/wet (12' jack spread)
750 lbs dry or wet
Water Flow Capacity 1500 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1250 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1500 US GPM
Stabilizers 1 set of H-style outriggers (18' jack spread) w/ optional 2 downriggers 1 set of H-style outriggers (14' jack spread) 1 set of H-style outriggers (18' jack spread) w/ 2 downriggers 2 sets of H-style outriggers (16' or 18' spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (16' or 18' spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (12' or 14' spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (12' or 14' spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)
Body Styles Quint or truck Quint or truck Quint or truck Quint or truck Quint or truck Quint or truck Quint (equipped with NXT pump) Quint or truck
Tank Capacity Up to 600 USG (tandem axle) Up to 500 USG Up to 600 USG Up to 600 USG Up to 500 USG

Platforms[]

85' Mid-Mount Platform 93' Mid-Mount Platform 100' Mid-Mount Platform 100' Rear-Mount Platform
Brand Smeal Ladder Tower Smeal Smeal
Aerial Extension Capacity 85' vertical
81' horizontal
93' vertical
88'-6" horizontal
100' vertical
99' horizontal
100' vertical
98' horizontal
Operating Range -12° to 72° -10° to 78° -12° to 72° -12° to 72°
Payload Capacity 1000 lbs dry
500 lbs wet
1000 lbs dry
500 lbs wet
1000 lbs dry
500 lbs wet
1250 lbs dry
500 lbs wet
Water Flow Capacity 1500 US GPM 2000 US GPM 1500 US GPM 2000 US GPM
Stabilizers 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' front spread, 16' rear spread) w/ 2 front bumper downriggers 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)
Body Styles Quint or truck style Quint or truck style Quint or truck style Quint or truck style
Tank Capacity Up to 300 USG Up to 300 USG Up to 400 USG

Booms[]

Model Brand Ladder Reach Operating Range Payload / Flow Capacity Stabilizers Tank Capacity
28' Boomer[1] Crimson 28' -10° to 90° 1000 lbs/ ? None
50' and 65' TeleSqurt Ladder Tower 50' and 65' vertical / 42' and 60' horizontal -10° to 85° 750/250 lbs dry/wet / 1000 US GPM 1 or 2 sets of A-frame outriggers (11'-9" spread)
54' Squrt Ladder Tower 54' vertical / 45' horizontal N/A N/A / 1000 US GPM 1 set of A-frame outriggers (11'-9" spread)
55' Snorkel Ladder Tower 55' vertical / 32' horizontal N/A 750/500 lbs dry/wet / 1000 US GPM 2 sets of A-frame outriggers (11'-9" spread)

Tractor-Drawn Aerials[]

Model Brand Ladder Reach Operating Range Payload / Flow Capacity Stabilizers
100' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Tower 100' vertical / 94'-5" horizontal -2° to 75° 250 or 500 lbs / no waterway 2 sets of H-style outriggers (14' or 16' spread)
105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Tower 105' vertical / 100' horizontal -7° to 78° 500/250 lbs dry/wet / 1000 US GPM 2 sets of H-style outriggers (16' spread)

Discontinued Aerials[]

The LTC brand discontinued the:

The Crimson brand discontinued the:

The Smeal brand discontinued the:

55' Rear-Mount Ladder 85' Rear-Mount Platform
Rear Axle Single Tandem
Aerial Extension Capacity 55' vertical
50' horizontal
85' vertical
81' horizontal
Operating Range -6° to 72° -12° to 72°
Payload Capacity 500 lbs dry or wet 1250 lbs dry
500 lbs wet
Water Flow Capacity 1250 US GPM 2000 US GPM
Stabilizers 1 set of H-style outriggers (13'-6" jack spread) 2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)
Body Styles Quint or truck style Quint or truck style
Tank Capacity Up to 750 USG Up to 400 USG

The Spartan ERV brand of aerial products was discontinued upon re-branding.

  • 75' Rear-Mount Ladder
  • 75' Mid-Mount Platform
  • 93' Mid-Mount Platform
  • 100' and 103' Tractor-Drawn Aerial
  • 100' Mid- and Rear- Mount Platform
  • 103' Rear-Mount Ladder

Quick Delivery Pumpers[]

Commercial Pumpers[]

  • Side-Mount
  • Top-Mount

Custom Pumpers[]

  • Intelligent Pump Solutions [2] (IPS-NXT)
  • Transformer
  • Side-Mount
  • Top-Mount
  • Top-Mount Enclosed
  • Rear-Mount

Rescues[]

  • Walk-in
  • Walk-around

Tankers[]

US Tanker[]

  • Heritage dry-side tanker
  • Heritage wet-side tanker
  • Patriot elliptical tanker

Wildland Apparatus[]

  • Water Tender
  • Types 3 and 4

References[]

  1. Crimson Fire introduces the Boomer. FireRescue1.com. May 9, 2007. Retrieved Oct. 4, 2021.
  2. Spartan Emergency Response Introduces the IPS-NXT. fireapparatusmagazine.com. Apr. 25, 2019. Retrieved Feb. 19, 2022.

External Links[]

Facility Map[]

Brandon Facility[]

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