Crimson Fire Secures Large Order from Montgomery County, Md.

BRANDON, S.D. , July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crimson Fire, Inc. recently secured a large order for high-performance fire apparatus.

The Brandon, S.D. -based manufacturer of custom fire trucks and other rescue vehicles, which is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPAR), has been selected by Montgomery County ( Maryland) Fire and Rescue Service to build 36 multi-function pumpers. The pumps on each vehicle are computer- controlled and automated, making them easy to operate and ensuring consistent foam delivery. They are equipped with a Hale CAFSPro(TM) compressed air foam system, a leading-edge technology that delivers superior firefighting power.

The contract, which is valued at more than $11.2 million to Crimson Fire, will allow the organization to replace a significant portion of the fleet that serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

"Crimson Fire was the successful awardee in a competitive process initiated in March of this year to complete work on at least 36 fire department pumpers," noted Fire Chief Tom Carr . "This is the next step in our efforts to procure front-line vehicles to carry the all-hazard mission of the department into the future.

"Within the next year or so, every first-due engine company will be operating with a full-featured, precisely equipped unit with the latest technologies available to assure the safety of the crew cab occupants while entering, exiting and riding in the vehicles."

The new fire apparatus, which will all be identical, will utilize previously purchased Spartan Gladiator(R) LFD cab and chassis with extreme duty interiors. The Crimson SE body will utilize an exclusive heavy-duty tubular construction to provide long-lasting durability and improved strength.

They will be engineered with the latest generation of solid-modeling software to ensure strict compliance with fire department specifications. The compressed air foam pumpers have a capacity of 1,500 gallons per minute and will feature:

-- 2007 emissions compliant Cummins ISM 400 hp engine -- Heavy-duty Allison 4000 series transmission -- Crimson custom SE series body with tubular aluminum construction -- A Hale Q-Max pump equipped with a Hale CAFSPro(TM) compressed air foam system

-- A 750-gallon water tank with dual 25-gallon foam tanks -- Onan 7.5 kw diesel generator -- Multiple pre-connects, dual supply beds, wagon pipe and a pre-connected blitz-fire portable master stream

"We are exceptionally pleased to have been selected by Montgomery County to supply its new fleet," said Kevin Crump , president of Crimson. "Crimson builds some of the strongest, most durable fire apparatus on the market designed to support firefighters with custom vehicles that allow them to be safe and successful at their profession.

"We look forward to providing Montgomery County with quality, custom vehicles that will serve them -- and the community -- well for many years."

The units will be equipped with the latest safety technologies to ensure the welfare of all crew cab occupants, including:

-- Ability to secure all portable equipment, including personal running gear

-- Quick-access EMS compartments that are lockable for enhanced security -- Crew-cab storage areas for medical supplies -- Latest generation LED warning light and siren packages "This order continues the momentum that Crimson Fire has generated so far in 2008, and we look forward to further growth in the second half of the year," Krump said.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is a full-spectrum life-saving agency that protects the nearly 1 million people who live and work in Maryland's most populous area. Under the direction of County Fire Chief Tom Carr , MCFRS has a budget of more than $190 million and employs more than 1,200 career staff. The organization has an almost equal number of volunteers, nearly half of whom are actively involved in emergency response.

About Crimson Fire

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

SOURCE Crimson Fire