BRANDON, S.D., Oct. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today announced Firefighter Trucks (FFT) in Las Cruces, New Mexico as the latest dealer signed to represent Spartan ERV. In its 15th year of continuous operation, FFT has built a reputable business by combining expert knowledge of fire operations and the equipment needs of the firefighter with an extensive capabilities-set including body/apparatus development, up-fits, testing and maintenance.

"Spartan ERV is proud to expand its business in the Southwest region of the United States," said Bill Doebler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Spartan ERV. "Continuous improvement and sharing of best practices are key principles at Spartan ERV and that includes the extended enterprise of our dealer network. Adding the knowledge Firefighter Trucks has acquired over the years to the mix is certainly of interest for us. We look forward to building a partnership with Firefighter Trucks to extend the Spartan ERV brand."

Owned and operated by Jeff Wood, Firefighter Trucks has a facility that is equipped to meet an expanded set of potential customer service and up-fit needs; including fire apparatus repair, testing, modification and preventative maintenance. The company maintains fixed service and mobile service capabilities and has established a reputation for exceptional service, regardless of the customer's location or need.

"We are proud to be associated with Spartan ERV, a clear leader in the fire industry," said Jeff Wood. "In Spartan ERV, we recognize a company that is committed to both quality and customer service, just as we are. Our company is well positioned to ensure a strong customer experience and raise awareness and preference for the Spartan ERV brand."

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Dealers such as FFT align with Spartan's D.R.I.V.E. initiative, as they enable the company to experience diversified growth. New Mexico had been previously served solely by West Coast Regional Sales Manager Mike Vernig. FFT enables Spartan the ability to broadly service both current and future Spartan customers alike.

D.R.I.V.E. is Spartan's operating strategy based on five tenets:

  • Diversified Growth
  • Redefining Technology and Innovation
  • Integrated Operational Excellence
  • Vibrant Culture
  • Excited Consumers/Brand Loyalists

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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