INDIANAPOLIS, April 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles) ("Spartan"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), will present an Emergency Response Platform on Demand (ER POD) concept unit that will redefine versatility and functionality while serving your community. A product of Spartan-Gimaex Innovations, LLC, the Company's joint venture with French apparatus manufacturer Gimaex, ER POD equips you for the unknowns in a dire time of need.

The concept unit will be available for "walk around" presentations in Spartan ERV's booth (#2423) at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis on April 10-12.

"The Spartan ERV ER POD illustrates Spartan's new global ER strategy and the collective strength of Spartan and Gimaex," said Bill Doebler, Vice President of Sales at Spartan ERV. "Versatility is what makes this product unique. We anticipate this unit's rare combination of adaptability, performance, safety and affordability will reshape the market."

Behind the four walls of the Spartan ER POD at FDIC exists a level of functionality and technology to meet the demands and functionality of today's Incident Management Team. The Spartan ER POD concept equips you for the response to natural disasters, urban search and rescue, mass casualty EMS incidents, hazmat, mobile communications, crime scene incidents and other needs.

The Spartan ER POD is a cost effective, flexible solution for high-risk, low-frequency incidents that can impact the response of fire departments, law enforcement, government, military and public works departments. Spartan ER POD brings a new level of life-saving technology and response to a department and a community. Multiple response capabilities with one chassis.

The versatility of the Spartan ER POD allows a department to design and layout the space to provide the greatest amount functionality.

Product Overview
  • A cost effective, flexible solution that requires only one dedicated chassis
  • Custom configurations and flexible interior layouts
  • Easily place at the best possible location of the incident
  • Less maintenance and service required
  • Multiple means of deployment

Applications Include:
  • Natural Disasters
  • Hazmat
  • Crime Scene Incidents
  • Heavy Rescue
  • Breathing Air Supply
  • Hose Supply
  • Foam Supply
  • Mobile Command
  • Rehab Stations
  • Mass Casualties
  • Mass Decon
  • High Volume Pump Applications

About Spartan ERV

Spartan ERV™ is a leading manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles. A business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), Spartan ERV™ is committed to quality, performance and innovation. Drawing on more than 130 years of excellence in fire truck manufacturing, Spartan ERV™ manufactures a full line of pumpers, tankers, rescues, aerials, quick-attack/urban interface vehicles and other emergency-rescue vehicles from its facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. For more information, visit

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Spartan Chassis™, Spartan ER™, Spartan ERV™ and Utilimaster® - are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana and Florida. Spartan reported sales of $470 million in 2013 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. Visit Spartan Motors at

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