The Snorkel® Articulating Boom Platform revolutionized firefighting as the first elevated firefighting platform. The box-section boom design provides torsional rigidity for superior strength and steady aerial maneuvers with a rock solid platform for firefighting and rescue operations. Throughout decades of reliable service, the Snorkel has undergone numerous design enhancements continuing to build upon the tradition and meet new market demands.

Today, the Snorkel® provides excellent fire ground maneuverability, articulating boom mobility for firefighting and rescue operations, and operator-friendly controls. The 55’ model offers the articulating boom with unrestricted 750 lb dry platform rating and a full 500 lb platform rating while flowing 1,000 GPM of water, and can be mounted on a short-wheelbase truck at an overall height of 11’4”.

At a Glance

  • High strength, extruded aluminum box boom design
  • Short wheelbase for maximum maneuverability
  • 750 lbs. dry / 500 lbs. wet tip-load rating UNRESTRICTED
  • Up to 1,000 GPM flow capacity
  • Low 11’4” standard travel height
  • Narrow 11’9” stabilizer spread allows setup in tight streets or alleyways
  • Dual steel leveling rods to keep the platform level in all boom positions
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Vertical Reach


Horizontal Reach


Stabilizer Spread


Nozzle Vertical Sweep

90° (-45º to 45º)

Nozzle Horizontal Sweep


Safety Innovations

Eight Air Bag Positions

Eight airbag positions, the most offered by any manufacturer, including knee and side curtain airbags. These give your apparatus the highest available impact and anti-ejection protection on the market.

Side impact protection:

Protects all occupants from side impact collisions, rollovers and occupant ejection. The only company in the industry whose airbags protect cab occupants from side impacts.

Driver knee airbags:

Protects against injuries resulting from hitting the instrument panel or other interior points of contact. Locks the lower body in place so the upper body can be slowed and protected by the steering wheel airbag.

Full side curtain airbags:

Protects from a side impact or a rollover with airbags up to three times larger than other manufacturers. Each rear side airbag is custom-sized for the crew area of every cab built, with the largest rear side airbag covering seven times the area of any other manufacturer.

Industry-First Outboard Sensors

State-of-the-art outboard sensors protect occupants from multi-angle impacts in the cab. These sensors are mounted at the outer perimeter of the cab providing a “zone of safety” inside the cab. Each sensor communicates back to the restraint control module that monitors which airbag should deploy and under what conditions.

Cab Construction

Spartan offers flat, 5″, 10″, 20″, and 24″ raised roof options that are reinforced with C-channel supports. As well as multiple seating configurations to provide your crew with extended legroom, improved visibility, additional storage and provides extra safety from triple-reinforced box front bulkhead, engine compartment, front and rear step assemblies.

Advanced Seatbelts

Pulls the occupant into the seat in the event of an impact, or rollover using pyrotechnic pretensioners that provide more force during the initial lock. After the occupant is pulled into the seat, load limiters release some of the webbing to control the occupant’s deceleration into the airbag system, helping to mitigate the strain on each occupant, further reducing seatbelt-related injuries.

360 Camera

At Spartan, we face reality head on with cabs that feature the most advanced safety provisions available in the market today. Designed and purpose-built for firefighters, the 360 camera is a forward-thinking safety apparatus , developed around the needs of the first responder.




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