- 1 History
- 2 Fire Body Manufacturing
- 3 Products
- 3.1 Custom Chassis
- 3.2 Aerials
- 3.3 Quick Delivery Pumpers
- 3.4 Commercial Pumpers
- 3.5 Custom Pumpers
- 3.6 Rescues
- 3.7 Tankers
- 3.8 Wildland Apparatus
- 4 References
- 5 External Links
Spartan Emergency Response, or simply Spartan, is a fire apparatus manufacturer located in Charlotte, Michigan, with additional manufacturing facilities in Brandon, South Dakota, 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.
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.
The last Crimson Fire branded apparatus was delivered in 2013 to Tatamy Volunteer Fire Company.
In 2012, Spartan rebranded Crimson as Spartan ERV. In 2017/2018 Spartan Motors rebranded Spartan ERV as Spartan Emergency Response. Spartan purchased Smeal in 2017 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 under the Spartan ER banner.
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.
|1975||started by four young engineers from Diamond Rio Trucking Company|
|1997||acquires Luverne and Quality|
|2003||merges Luverne and Quality and renames Crimson Fire|
|2011||purchases Classic Fire|
|2012||rebrands Crimson as Spartan ERV|
|2017||acquires Smeal, LTC and US Tanker|
|2017||consolidates Spartan ERV and Spartan Chassis under Spartan Motors brand|
|2018/19||rebrands Spartan ERV as Spartan Emergency Response (Spartan ER)|
|Feb 2020||Spartan ER and its subsidiaries and brands 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,
- Spartan RV Chassis, and;
- Builtmore Contract Manufacturing.
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 Advantage (1999-2010)
- Spartan Advantage "Big Easy" (2003-2007)
- Spartan Diamond (1989-2010?)
- Spartan Furion (2007-2012)
- Spartan GT-One
- Spartan Monarch (1987-1994)
- Spartan Metro Star-X
- Spartan Silent Knight
- 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")
- 5" raised
- 10" raised (shown above)
- 20" raised
- 24" raised
|Model||Brand||Rear Axle||Ladder Reach||Operating Range||Payload / Flow Capacity||Stabilizers||Body Styles||Tank Capacity|
|55' Rear-Mount Ladder||Smeal||Single||55' vertical / 50' horizontal||-6° to 72°||500 lbs dry or wet / 1250 US GPM||1 set of H-style outriggers (13'-6" jack spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 750 USG|
|75' Rear-Mount Ladder||Smeal||Single or Tandem||75' vertical / 71'-6" horizontal||-6° to 72°||750 lbs dry or wet / 1500 US GPM||1 set of H-style outriggers (18' jack spread) w/ optional 2 downriggers||Quint or truck style||Up to 600 USG (tandem axle)|
|75' Rear-Mount Ladder||Ladder Tower||Single||75' vertical / 66' horizontal||-7° to 78°||500 lbs dry or wet / 1500 US GPM||1 set of H-style outriggers (14' jack spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 500 USG|
|100' Rear-Mount Ladder||Smeal||Tandem||100' vertical / 97' horizontal||-6° to 72°||500 lbs dry or wet / 1250 US GPM||1 set of H-style outriggers (18' jack spread) w/ 2 downriggers||Quint or truck style|
|105' Rear-Mount Ladder||Smeal||Tandem||105' vertical / 101'-5" horizontal||-8° to 72°||750 lbs dry or wet / 1500 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (16' or 18' spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 600 USG|
|110' Rear-Mount Ladder||Ladder Tower||Tandem||110' vertical / 99' horizontal||-7° to 78°||750/500 lbs dry/wet (14' jack spread), 500/250 lbs dry/wet (12' jack spread) / 1500 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (12' or 14' spread)||Quint or truck style|
|125' Rear-Mount Ladder||Smeal||Tandem||125' vertical / 121' horizontal||-12° to 72°||750 lbs dry or wet / 1500 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)||Quint or truck style|
|Model||Brand||Ladder Reach||Operating Range||Payload / Flow Capacity||Stabilizers||Body Styles||Tank Capacity|
|85' Mid-Mount Platform||Smeal||85' vertical / 81' horizontal||-12° to 72°||1000/500 lbs dry/wet / 1500 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 300 USG|
|85' Rear-Mount Platform||Smeal||85' vertical / 81' horizontal||-12° to 72°||1250/500 lbs dry/wet / 2000 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 400 USG|
|93' Mid-Mount Platform||Ladder Tower||93' vertical / 88'-6" horizontal||-10° to 78°||1000/500 lbs dry/wet / 2000 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' front spread, 16' rear spread) w/ 2 front bumper downriggers||Quint or truck style|
|100' Mid-Mount Platform||Smeal||100' vertical / 99' horizontal||-12° to 72°||1000/500 lbs dry/wet / 1500 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 300 USG|
|100' Rear-Mount Platform||Smeal||100' vertical / 98' horizontal||-12° to 72°||1250/500 lbs dry/wet / 2000 US GPM||2 sets of H-style outriggers (18' spread)||Quint or truck style||Up to 400 USG|
|Model||Brand||Ladder Reach||Operating Range||Payload / Flow Capacity||Stabilizers||Tank Capacity|
|28' Boomer||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)|
|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)|
The LTC brand discontinued the:
- 75' TeleSqurt
The Crimson brand discontinued the:
- 28' Boomer
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
- Intelligent Pump Solutions (IPS)
- Top-Mount Enclosed
- Heritage Dry-side tanker
- Heritage Wet-side tanker
- Patriot Elliptical tanker
- Water Tender
- Types 3 and 4
- Crimson Fire introduces the Boomer. FireRescue1.com. May 9, 2007. Retrieved Oct. 4, 2021.