The Bossier City Fire Department can now save thousands of dollars every year, thanks to a new ambulance which runs solely on compressed natural gas.
The truck was unveiled today at the Bossier City Municipal Complex.
Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone says the new Trauma 1 truck is the first fully powered CNG ambulance in the state.
The Ford F-650 chassis features a fully-automatic lift, which can put patients into the back of the ambulance with the push of a button.
"From looking at 2013, numbers on the Trauma 1 that exists, if everything stays the same, we should save at least around $7,000 a year in fuel costs just in one ambulance," says Chief Zagone.
The company Excellance was the primary developer for the truck, which has been three years in the making.
The fire department will purchase another CNG ambulance later this year, for fire station #4 in south Bossier.
Chief Zagone says one diesel-run ambulance will be replaced every year with a CNG ambulance.
The older ambulances will go into reserve status before being taken completely out of service.