updated 3/24/2011 9:46:54 AM ET 2011-03-24T13:46:54

INDIANAPOLIS, March 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crimson Fire, Inc., a leading manufacturer of custom and purpose-built fire apparatus, is introducing a high performance, durable and affordably priced product line known as the Classic Series at the Fire Department Instructor's Conference (FDIC), which opened today in Indianapolis, IN. The Classic Series is a strategic addition to the Crimson Fire portfolio as it enables the company to accommodate all customer needs. The Star Series is a highly-engineered line of custom fire apparatus that can be configured to meet any customer requirement, the Legend Series is a modular line of fire apparatus that offers high quality, flexibility and fast configuration and delivery.

The Classic Series is comprised of eight different products, two of which are featured at the Crimson Fire display in the Indiana Convention Center (exhibit #2207), the Classic Series FireRanger MP and the Classic Series Tanker.

Classic Series

The Classic Series FireRanger Mini Pumper incorporates an extruded aluminum body with spacious compartments and roll-up doors. It is equipped with a Hale DSD pump that is rated to 1,250 gallons per minute (GPM) and a one-touch operation 150CFM Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS). The FireRanger is built upon a super-duty Ford F-550 with the all-new 6.7L Power Stroke turbo diesel engine rated to 300 HP and an automatic transmission.

The Classic Series Tanker offers an innovative pump-under-tank module configuration with a Hale AP50 500 GPM Power Take Off-driven pump, a 2,000 gallon water tank and a Newton 10" manual swivel dump. It rides on a medium-duty Kenworth T370 4x2 chassis with the PACCAR PX-8 engine rated to 360 HP and an EVS 3000 Allison automatic transmission.

"The Classic Series offers exceptional performance, durability, quality and value," commented Dave Reid, Senior Vice President, Emergency Response Vehicles for Spartan Motors. "The Classic Series Tanker and Classic Series FireRanger Mini Pumper demonstrate Crimson's commitment to delivering innovative solutions that meet our customers' needs at many levels, as well as allowing for ease of operation and simplified maintenance'" added Reid.

Legend Series

Crimson Fire is also exhibiting a pumper from its modular product line known as the Legend Series. Through a design for manufacturing approach of engineered bodies, options and speed, the Legend Series provides customers with low cost and quick delivery pumpers, aerials and tankers available on custom or commercial chassis.

The pumper on display at FDIC is built on a Spartan Metro Star medium four door cab and chassis with a 10" raised roof, featuring an aluminum body, polypropylene 1,000 gallon tank and a 1,500 GPM mid-ship pump with side mount pump controls.

Star Series

The highly-engineered and configurable Star Series product line combines an incredibly durable framework with more usable compartment space, custom designed tank, lower center of gravity, an ergonomically optimized control panel and increased serviceability. The Star Series on display at FDIC includes two Transformer Pumpers, all available for purchase, on both custom and commercial chassis, and a rear mount platform that features a high flow capacity water system. The Transformer body configuration minimizes the space consumed by the fire pump to provide excellent compartment space to meet the changing needs in the fire service. Also on display is a Star Series heavy duty stainless steel walk-in rescue that features a 20" raised roof built on a Gladiator Chassis with a 550 HP Cummins ISX engine.

Crimson Fire, a Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR) company, will be displaying at FDIC through Saturday, March 26.

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 www.crimson-fire.com .

About Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV) emergency-response, defense, government services, delivery and service markets. The Company's brand names – Spartan™, Crimson Fire™, Crimson Fire Aerials™ and Utilimaster® – are known for quality, value, service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 1,500 at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana and Texas. Spartan reported sales of $481 million in 2010 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis. For more information, visit www.spartanmotors.com .

CONTACT: Russell Chick
         Director of Corporate Marketing
         Spartan Motors, Inc.
         517.997.3852

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