SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) --- The Win-Bur-Sew, Oregon, Rochelle Fire Protection Districts will receive money to purchase new emergency vehicles.
The departments are among 23 in Illinois funded for new fire trucks.
Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez and Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) Executive Director Christopher Meister issued more than $9.3 million in no interest or low interest loans to emergency responders across the state.
The loans are made available through the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program and Ambulance Revolving Loan Program. Both programs are designed to assist departments or cities in purchasing emergency vehicles that they may not be able to otherwise afford.
“Fire departments throughout Illinois face financial stressors that can make it difficult to properly equip and train their firefighters," says Perez. "These no and low interest loans allow departments to obtain vehicles they may not otherwise have been able to afford. This new equipment will help them serve their communities in a safer, more efficient and effective way."
The Win-Bur-Sew, Oregon and Rochelle districts will all receive loans ranging from $300,000 to $350,000.
The loans must be paid back in 10 years, according to the Office of the Illinois State Marshall.
For a full list of recipients, click here.