Wentzville dealership gets contract for 11 fire trucks from the city of St. Louis

From left, Daryl Adams, president and CEO, Spartan Motors; Ken Smith, deputy chief, St. Louis Fire Department; Mike Arras, deputy chief, St. Louis Fire Department; and Craig Brooks, general manager, Spartan Emergency Response (PRNewsfoto/Spartan Motors Inc.)

Leo M. Ellebracht Co. of Wentzville has received a contract to provide 11 new fire trucks for the St. Louis Fire Department.

The exact value of the contract is unclear, but a $50 million bond issue passed by voters in November included $14.1 million for equipment for the fire department. About $12.7 million of that is encumbered, according to Tyson Pruitt, public information office to the Comptroller. Calls to the St. Louis Fire Department weren’t immediately returned.

Ellerbracht, founded in 1946, is a dealer of emergency response and firefighting equipment. The fire trucks will be made by Spartan Emergency Response, a business unit of Spartan Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR), based in Charlotte, Michigan. Spartan reported sales of $816 million for 2018. Todd Fierro is president of Spartan Emergency Response.

The St. Louis Fire Department has ordered one Spartan’s Smeal Series 100-foot rear-mount platform truck, two Smeal Series pumpers, and eight Smeal Series 75-foot rear-mount ladders trucks. The order is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of next year.

The St. Louis Fire Department has been a 30-year customer of Spartan and operates Smeal Series trucks exclusively.

The department, led by Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson and Deputy Chief Michael Arras, has more than 900 employees.

“During the past 12 years, my team has selected emergency response vehicles based on securing products that allow us to be as efficient and simultaneously safe as possible, as we respond to the needs of our community. Spartan and Smeal have provided us with well-engineered apparatus solutions that allow us to do our jobs quickly and safely,” Jenkerson said in a statement.

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