Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., kicked off its exhibition at the Fire Department Instructors Conference with several new products, including the Spartan Force, a new emergency response cab and chassis that is purpose-built for the needs of today’s emergency response market; a Secondary Power System (SPS) designed to reduce fuel consumption and deliver green benefits; and an expanded engine portfolio that now includes Navistar’s 380 hp advanced exhaust gas recirculation-based MaxxForce13.
The Spartan Force is the company’s the newest emergency response cab and chassis and can be configured as either a rescue or pumper. It is preconfigured and pre-engineered for departments facing aging apparatus fleets and constrained budgets. Powered by a 380 hp Cummins ISC 8.3L VG turbodiesel engine, the Spartan Force offers a spacious cab, flat floor and a 10-inch raised roof with four doors and seating for six.
The SPS, which also helps reduce emissions and noise pollution, is offered on the Gladiator and is designed to allow for the use of all onboard electrical and HVAC loads with the main power unit turned off. It is powered by a 35-44 hp engine and delivers consistent voltage and frequency at output levels of 8.5 or 16kW.
Spartan Chassis recently announced a multiyear supply agreement with the Navistar Engine Group, allowing for the expansion of clean diesel engine offerings on its Gladiator. “As a result of the ongoing economically-sensitive environment, many communities are purchasing vehicles that just do not meet their needs in the effective and efficient delivery of emergency response services,” says Ed Dobbs, senior vice president of Spartan Chassis.