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Posted: Apr 24, 2017

Spartan Motors Debuts Fire Apparatus Refurbishment Centers

CHARLOTTE, Mich., April 24, 2017 – Spartan Emergency Response (“Spartan” or “Spartan ER”), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), announced today the opening of its fire apparatus and fleet vehicle Refurbishment Centers to meet industry needs for a cost-effective approach to repair out-of-service, damaged and worn trucks in weeks or months for typically half the cost of a new vehicle. Details of the operations will be on display at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International April 24-29, at Spartan Motors’ booths #3037, #4007 and #4321, at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis.

With seven centers and 35 bays located across Spartan campuses in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota, the process offers a complete range of services and refurbishments from light repairs and refreshes to full cab and chassis replacements and re-certifications. While keeping safety top-of-mind, refurbishments can include new ladders, pump replacements, fixture repair or replacement, insurance repair work, new chassis or any combination for departments or municipalities looking for a cost-effective way to upgrade their fleet without the capital expense associated with purchasing a new vehicle.

“Departments across the country are battling aging fleets and trucks out of service. The country is asking its emergency response vehicles to not only last longer, but to perform more reliably over a longer period of time. There is a huge need for efficient and economical fleet repair that keeps our first responders safe on the way to and from a fire or rescue,” said Daryl Adams, President and CEO, Spartan Motors. “That’s why Spartan is introducing its Refurbishment Centers. From the minute our customer’s truck pulls into our Refurbishment Center’s service bay, we’re on the lookout for how to improve safety, increase performance, and ensure we stay within their budget.”

In addition to the debut of its Refurbishment Centers; at FDIC Spartan will display its S-180 Pumper – representing Spartan’s custom-built pumper lineup manufactured and delivered in half the time of any competitor – as well as: two Spartan Gladiator® cabs and chassis; a Transformer™ pumper; a 100’ rear mount platform; a UST elliptical tanker; an IPS pumper; a 105’ tractor drawn aerial; a 75’ rear mount aerial; a 100’ mid-mount platform; a UST wet side tanker; and custom rear-, side- and top-mount pumpers. Spartan will display in booths #3037, #4007 and #4321, showcasing Spartan cabs and chassis and complete apparatus, as well as Smeal and UST products.

For more information on the Spartan’s Refurbishment Centers, visit For more information on FDIC, visit

About Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors, Inc. is a leading designer, engineer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty vehicles, specialty chassis, vehicle bodies and parts for the fleet and delivery, recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, defense forces and contract assembly (light/medium duty truck) markets. The Co

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Posted: Apr 24, 2017

FDIC International: Drone's Eye View of the Training Grounds

W.S. Darley and Hoverfly have teamed up to bring you some live unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, a.k.a. drone) video from the FDIC International 2017 hands-on training sites. Watch above.

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Posted: Apr 24, 2017

FDIC International 2017: Insights on Arson Research from the ATF

Monday morning’s workshop, “The ATF Fire Research/Arson Program: What the Fire Service Needs to Know,” had few empty seats. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) instructor team reviewed the results the ATF’s fire research on Fire Attack Hoseline Thermal Failure and Fire Flow Path Thermal Analysis and applied them to several recent case studies, including firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs).

Fire dynamics topics specific to these cases were also discussed in detail, using testing data and testing videos and both bench-scale and full-scale hoseline testing were presented. The Fire Attack Hoseline Thermal Failure research was presented to National Fire Protection Association 1961 committee in 2016 and prompted it to adopt the first ever radiant heat test for all listed hoselines.




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Posted: Apr 24, 2017

FDIC International 2017: Ryan Pennington on Hoarder Fires

Ryan Pennington

By Robert Maloney

Firefighter safety is one motivator for his research into all aspects of the hoarder home phenomenon, Training Officer Ryan Pennington of the Charleston (WV) Fire Department told workshop attendees. At the Monday morning presentation, “Hoarder Fires: Lessons from Inside the Stacks of Dangers,” he drew on personal experiences and incident-related photos and video to illustrate the dangers. He noted that the hoarding condition is not limited to any particular demographic, area, or even nation, he said; it is a global phenomenon, and is growing.

Of particular concern are how firefighters approach such responses, and the tactics they use. A 360-degree survey is essential, he said, using photos to point out some clues indicating a possible hoarding situation. He also explained why such responses require firefighters to reconsider their tactics such as those related to search and rescue and ventilation.

READ: Hoarder Fires: Going Offensive on Traditionally Defensive Fires | The Dangers of Hoarder Fires

Pennington also reviewed aspects of the compulsive hoarding disorder that compels this behavior and the importance of respectfully communicating with such individuals regarding their collection. 

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Posted: Apr 24, 2017

Cummins Next-Generation X12 Sets New Standards in Performance and Weight Savings for Fire Service

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) next-generation X12 engine will set new industry standards for performance in fire and emergency apparatus. To be revealed this week at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International, Booth 5429, the X12 has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any engine in the 10-to-16-liter class. Rated at up to 500 hp, it weighs 400 lb to 600 lb less than other medium-bore engines. This means less weight on the front axle, which, combined with its compact configuration, enables greater flexibility in cab design.

The innovative architecture of the X12 results in a remarkably low engine weight, at only 2,050 lb. A sculptured block design allows unnecessary mass to be removed while retaining high rigidity. Substantial weight savings are also achieved by the use of high-strength composite materials for the oil pan and valve cover.

"During the design process for the X12, we evaluated every opportunity to reduce size and lower weight, achieving this with no compromise to structural strength so that this next-generation 12-liter comes with all the durability associated with a Cummins Heavy-Duty engine," said Jim Fier, Cummins Vice President - Engineering. "We are really excited about how the X12 provides OEM partners with a lighter weight, rugged and powerful engine that not only provides great performance, it allows for more critical equipment to be transported to the scene."

Additional integration and weight savings were realized with the new Single Module(TM) aftertreatment, designed by Cummins Emission Solutions to be up to 40 percent lighter and up to 60 percent smaller than current aftertreatment designs. The compact design is easier to install and service, and the exceptional thermal efficiency of the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) requires fewer regenerations. Integral to the system are the latest Cummins Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) doser and a new compact mixer design, resulting in a more precise spray pattern, to enhance X12 reliability while minimizing DEF consumption.

The next-generation X12 is available with ratings that range from 455 hp to 500 hp, and was designed to meet the maximum performance needs of fire and emergency apparatus. With 1695 lb-ft maximum torque maintained from 1000 to 1300 rpm, the X12 provides great launching ability and highly responsive overall vehicle performance. As on all Cummins-powered emergency vehicle engines, calibrations maintain maximum performance even if an emissions-related fault occurs or during aftertreatment system regeneration. Also, when the X12 is specified with an Onan(R) generator, the Cummins service network is the single source for maintenance, parts and service for both the engine and generator.

Customer-focused innovations on the X12 include a Single-Cam In-Head (SCIH) design with a roller valve train and high-efficiency intake ports, to minimize frictional losses and improve fuel economy. The cylinder architecture minimizes oil consumption, and fully integrated return paths send oil flowing back through the filter, reducing degradation. With over 3 million Cummins VGT(R) Turbochargers in service today, the Cummins VGT Turbocharger sets the industry standard for reliability and durability. Enhancements to this proven design boost transient response and, in combination with an integrated low-weight engine brake, provide strong engine braking at lower rpm. The XPI fuel system, derived from the X15 engine, is scaled in size to match the 12-liter platform while retaining all the same robust characteristics. Additionally, the X12 shares common components with the Cummins X15, including the Single Module aftertreatment system, oil filters and fuel filters, and the compact design l

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