Articulated Aerial Platform aids fire rescue.

Press Release Summary:

Equipped with 138 ft telescopic and articulated aerial platform that supplies up, over, and down range of motion with 80 ft horizontal reach and below grade capabilities to 23 ft, Spartan Telstar can navigate over parapets for roof rescues, clear power lines, and provide below grade rescues. System offers capacity of 1,000 lb, or 500 lb with water flow of 1,000 gpm. In addition to redundant electrical/electronic control systems, platform has sonar system that senses proximity to obstructions.

Original Press Release:

Spartan ERV Unveils Telstar: a Revolutionary, All-Calls, Articulated Aerial

Spartan Telstar Brings Array of Market-Changing Features to the North American Market, Including a 138-Foot Telescopic and Articulated Aerial Platform and All-Call Compartmentation Developed in Conjunction With French Manufacturer Gimaex

CHARLOTTE, Mich., -- Spartan ERV (Emergency Response Vehicles) a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), today unveiled their latest weapon in the fight against structural fire and emergency situations: the Spartan Telstar -- a fire apparatus that sets a new global standard for aerial performance. It was introduced immediately following the company's press conference conducted at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Spartan Telstar offers several industry-leading features highlighted by a 138-foot telescopic and articulated aerial platform, which supplies an "up, over and down" range of motion to navigate over parapets for roof rescues, clear power lines and trees for access and provide for below grade recues. This aerial capability is achieved while maintaining excellent compartment space, ground ladder storage and enough room for a high-capacity pump, said Jim Salmi, general manager of Spartan ERV's aerial division.

"The Spartan Telstar was designed after careful analysis of what the North American market needs and wants," said Salmi. "Cutting-edge technology, exceptional aerial performance and all-calls first-responder capabilities are what this product delivers.
Innovation, global reach and speed are all strategic directives for Spartan.

"The relationship with Gimaex combined with Spartan's leadership position has enabled TelStar to become a reality, quickly. It's another example of Spartan's leadership in developing efficient, innovative and performance-driven products. Gimaex's aerial expertise, combined with our position in the American market, has provided a rapid market entry without compromising performance, technology or price point."

The Spartan ERV/Gimaex collaboration is a byproduct of Spartan's recently announced strategy that leverages relationships with global leaders to provide market-leading technology to meet changing customer needs. The partnership includes technology sharing, joint purchasing power, as well as leveraging development and production costs as global sales opportunities present themselves.

"We have provided similar technologies in global markets for years,"
said Louis Devaleix, Gimaex Americas CEO. "Partnering with Spartan has enabled us to take our existing technologies -- which have been tested in adverse environments like the sweltering deserts of Dubai and the cold northern slopes of Sweden -- and customize them to meet the demands of the American market. It's the world's most innovative fire technologies rolled into one."

"TelStar, with its redundant controls and remote diagnostics, sets a new ER standard as we focus on maximizing uptime. What's great about the Telstar is its ability to be an everyday truck for emergency responders," said Salmi. "Its 129 feet of ground ladder storage makes it the only articulated boom platform classified as an 'all response vehicle'."

The Spartan Telstar's aerial offers:

-- 138-foot overall reach

-- 80-foot horizontal reach

-- Below grade capabilities up to 23 ft.

-- Envelope control of boom motions based on aerial position, weight in the platform, outrigger extension and rotational position

-- Control positions easily accessible from the ground

-- Pivoting platform (50 degrees in both directions) for improved rescues

-- Platform capacity of 1000 lbs., or 500 lbs. with a water flow of 1000 GPM

-- Sonar system to sense proximity to obstructions

-- Turntable mounted, diesel engine driven emergency back-up hydraulic system Self-diagnosing position and weight sensors

-- Redundant sensors and microprocessors for envelope control motions

-- Aircraft-grade, redundant electrical/electronic control systems for reliability and safety

-- Remote diagnostic systems/troubleshooting for maximum uptime

-- An electrical system of 24 VDC

-- Automatic aerial stow, collision avoidance and platform weight measurement

-- Automatic truck leveling on grades up to seven degrees

-- Front, side and rear access gates rescue access

-- Spotlights and marker lights

-- A rescue ladder

In addition to its aerial, the Spartan Telstar offers:

-- Spartan Gladiator chassis

-- Cummins ISX Engine rated at 550 HP

-- Front axle rated at 23,000 lbs.

-- Rear axle rated at 60,000 lbs.

-- Compact overall length (41'-6")

-- 238-inch wheelbase for excellent vehicle maneuverability

-- Aerial device does not overhang in front or rear

-- Outrigger automatic leveling on up to 7-degree slopes with bi-directional approach

-- Chassis and body utilize a 12 V electrical system

-- 2500 GPM water flow

-- A Hale 8FG mid-ship pump with stainless steel plumbing

-- Elkhart electric valve controls with position indicators

-- Raydan air ride rear axle suspension

-- Integral torque box frame for strength, stiffness and to maximize compartmentalization

-- 300 gallon water tank

-- Maximized compartment configuration for extra space (122 cubic feet)

-- Rear hose bed to store 300 feet of 5-inch hose

-- Ground ladder banking for 129 feet of ladders (2 sect-35', 2 sect-28', 2 sect-24' and two 16' roof ladders)

The Spartan Telstar will be available for "walk around" tours during FDIC and demonstrations by appointment following the event. For more information on the Spartan Telstar, visit

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle, emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets. The company's brand names -- Spartan(TM), Spartan ERV(TM) and Utilimaster(R) - 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, Florida and Texas.

Spartan reported sales of $426 million in 2011 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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