Charlotte, Michigan – Spartan Motors Inc. has delivered its first S-180 Pumper to Reese Fire Rescue in Reese, Michigan. The S-180 line of fire trucks represents an industry first, offering cus-tom-built apparatus manufactured in half the time compared to its closest competitor.
The new truck line is named for the 180 days spanning order date to delivery – a big reduc-tion when compared to a typical custom pumper truck build that can take 10 to 14 months to complete.
"When fire departments are faced with emergency or unplanned fire apparatus purchases, their ability to respond is at risk,” says Daryl Adams, president and CEO, Spartan Motors Inc. “Spartan's S-180 truck line began as a challenge to ourselves to reduce the order to delivery time and still deliver a top-quality custom apparatus to fire departments that simply can't wait for a traditional 10-to-14 month build.”
The first S-180 truck was unveiled in April at the 2016 Fire Department Instructors Confer-ence, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is being touted as a game-changer for first responders working with antiquated fleets. It can be purchased by selecting a base model and choosing from a wide variety of customized options, which are tailored to meet each fire rescue department's needs and budget.
The S-180 is built on a Spartan Metro Star MFD chassis. It includes Spartan's advanced pro-tection system (APS) safety feature, including an all-encompassing restraint system engineered specifically for the firefighter.
Reese Fire Rescue Chief Gene Ellison says his department's aging fleet required extra down-time for service and maintenance. When considering replacements, Spartan's S-180 quickly rose to the top of the list.
"Our evaluations always center around the safety and capability of our fleet, but we had pressing needs that required a speed of delivery that only Spartan could offer," Ellison says. "It was clear from the beginning that no corners are cut in the process, so the S-180 truck really stood alone as the obvious choice for our needs."
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