Excerpts from centralillinoisproud.com:

Communities around the state will soon receive funding for new fire trucks and ambulances.

According to an Illinois news release, the Illinois State Fire Marshal James Rivera and Illinois Finance Authority Executive Director Chris Meister issued about $7.2 million in loans to emergency personnel across the state.

The loans are no or low interest and are made available through the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program and Ambulance Revolving Loan Program. The loan programs are meant to assist cities and departments buy vehicles they otherwise might not be able to afford.

Across Illinois, 19 communities received funds for new firetrucks, and six communities received funding for new ambulances.