A new ambulance has hit the streets in Bossier City, but it's not your run-of-the-mill ambulance.
It's called a "C-N-G" ambulance, which stands for compressed natural gas. That means the vehicle runs completely off natural gas instead of diesel fuel.
It's brand new technology. City leaders say the ambulance is the first of its kind in the state, and one of the first in the country.
The council voted to pay for it in 2012, using $325,000 from the sales tax fund, but the city couldn't find a manufacturer to design and build it until recently.
After beta-testing the truck, the city started using the ambulance three weeks ago.
"It's very exciting to be the first around to run a C-N-G ambulance or anything new," said Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone. "We love to think outside of the box and come up with new ideas. It is pretty exciting to be the first around to do it."
Zagone said the C-N-G ambulance will save the city nearly $7,000-per-year in fuel. That's compared to the diesel powered ambulance this new one replaced.
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