The Chicago Fire Department on Friday rolled out its first ambulance outfitted to transport patients suffering from an infectious disease.
The new equipment is a direct result of the city's reaction to the worldwide Ebola scare of 2014.
The ambulance features a pressurized plastic tent and an air filtration system powered by a battery with a three-hour charge, according to Assistant Deputy Chief Paul Roszkowski.
The price tag of the pressurized tent - which can be installed in any standard ambulance - is $3,000. The city has one, and has ordered two more. The department eventually wants to have 13 tents, according to fire department spokesman Larry Langford.
Each air filtration unit, battery included, also costs about $3,000.
Once the other two tents are delivered and two more ambulances are equipped, the fire department plans to place them in strategic locations around the city that will allow for the fastest possible response to any neighborhood.
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