CHARLOTTE, Mich., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Spartan Emergency Response ("Spartan" or "Spartan ER"), a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), will gather first responders, technicians, original equipment manufacturers, service center representatives, and dealers, from across the United States, Canada, and Latin America for its 23rd annual Fire Truck Training Conference (FTTC) in Lansing, Michigan, at The Lansing Center, October 8-12. Attendees have opportunities to earn EVT certification as well as hands-on fire truck-specific diagnostics, service, and maintenance training.
Spartan's 2017 FTTC features an expanded curriculum that includes more than 35 classes, an extended Spartan Motors plant tour, and keynote addresses from Jim Juneau, council member to FEMSA, FAMA, and NFPA; and Stephen Wilde, President of the Emergency Vehicle Technicians Commission.
The annual William Foster Excellence Award for Technician of the Year will be awarded during an extended ceremony on October 9th.
"Our Fire Truck Training Conference is a special event in terms of the scope and the advanced curriculum we're able to provide, in partnership with our key suppliers and dealers," said John Slawson, President of Spartan Motors' Emergency Response business unit. "This is a legacy Spartan event rooted in a shared interest to provide our first responders with the very best equipment, the latest technologies, and the advanced learning they need to remain optimally safe out in the field."
A first for this year is Spartan's Next Generation Scholarship that allows select high school students from the Jackson Area Career Center, Firefighting/EMS in Jackson, Michigan, to join the conference free of charge so they can see firsthand the high-tech and hands-on work opportunities a career in emergency vehicle maintenance may offer.
Diamond Sponsors of this year's event include: Allison Transmission, the world's largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses; DANA, a world leader in highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery; and Whelen, a designer and manufacturer of reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for automotive, aviation, and mass notification industries worldwide.
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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 Company's brand names ? Spartan Motors, Spartan Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Emergency Response, Spartan Parts and Accessories; Smeal® and its family of brands, including Ladder Towertm and UST®; and Utilimaster®, a Spartan Motors Company ? are known for quality, durability, performance, customer service and first-to-market innovation. The Company employs approximately 2,200 associates and operates facilities in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota; Saltillo, Mexico; and Lima, Peru. Spartan reported sales of $591 million in 2016. Visit Spartan Motors at www.spartanmotors.com.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission is the world's largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,600 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com.
About Dana Incorporated
Dana is a world leader in highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Dana supports the passenger vehicle, commercial truck, and off-highway markets, as well as industrial and stationary equipment applications. Founded in 1904, Dana employs nearly 29,000 people in 34 countries on six continents who are committed to delivering long-term value to customers. The company reported sales of more than $5.8 billion in 2016. Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company's operations were selected as a 2017 Top Workplace in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan by The (Toledo) Blade. For more information, please visit dana.com.
About Whelen Engineering Company
Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries worldwide. With two state-of-the-art facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire, Whelen has the largest design staff in the industry and over 1,500 employees, all dedicated to producing products that people count on when lives are on the line. On the road, in the air, and around the world, Whelen is trusted to be seen, trusted to be heard, trusted to perform.
SOURCE Spartan Motors, Inc.
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