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$7.2 Million in Funding Released by Pritzker Administration for New Emergency Vehicles in Illinois

Press Release - Wednesday, November 15, 2023

19 Communities receive funds for new fire trucks and 6 communities receive funds for ambulances 

Springfield, Ill- Illinois State Fire Marshal James A. Rivera and Illinois Finance Authority (IFA) Executive Director Chris Meister issued nearly $7.2 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.

"Our emergency responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe, and they need safe and reliable vehicles to get the job done," said Governor JB Pritzker. "That's why I'm proud that my administration is ensuring that fire departments across the state can purchase the fire trucks and ambulance they need to save lives."

"Without programs such as our Fire Truck and Ambulance Revolving Loan, many departments would have to continue to repair vehicles that are not reliable anymore and never be able to afford a new fire truck or ambulance," said Illinois State Fire Marshal James A. Rivera. "The OSFM thanks Governor Pritzker for his commitment to our first responders and safety of our state's residents."

"A staffed fire truck or ambulance must be available to service time-sensitive emergencies in every community in Illinois," said Illinois Finance Authority Executive Director Chris Meister.  "Economically beneficial loans are one path to help meet this essential need. We thank Governor Pritzker and Fire Marshal Rivera for the opportunity to help finance the vehicles needed by first responders across Illinois."

The Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program (FTRL) and Ambulance Revolving Loan Program (ARLP) are designed to assist departments or cities in purchasing emergency vehicles that they may not otherwise be able to afford. Under the FTRL program, fire departments, fire protection districts and township fire departments may apply for up to $350,000 in low interest or no interest loans for purchase of a fire truck or brush trucks. The loans must be repaid within 20 years.

Under the ARLP program, units of local government (city, town, village, township, fire department, fire protection district) and not-for-profit ambulance service providers can apply for no interest or low interest loans of up to $200,000. These loans must be paid back in 10 years.

A list of recipients from the FRTL and ARLP is below.


Recipients of the Fire Truck Revolving Loan:


Hoffman Fire Protection District: $120,000



Pleasantview Fire Protection District: $350,000

Village of Berkeley: $350,000



Bensenville Fire Protection District #2: $350,000



Kansas Fire Protection District: $150,000


Jo Daviess:

City of East Dubuque: $350,000



Village of Goreville: $350,000



City of Kankakee: $350,000



Sheridan Fire Protection District: $350,000



Amboy Fire Protection District: $350,000



City of Wood River: $350,000



Marengo Fire Protection District: $350,000



City of Witt: $163,397.47



Sullivan Fire Protection District: $350,000


Rock Island:

Cordova Fire Protection District: $350,000


St. Clair:

Saint Libory Fire Protection District: $350,000



Village of Carrier Mills: $350,000



Divernon Fire Protection District: $350,000



Village of Crete: $300,000


Recipients of the Ambulance Revolving Loan:



Gardner Fire Protection District: $200,000



Nauvoo Fire Protection District: $200,000



Manteno Community Fire Protection District: $200,000



Harvard Fire Protection District: $200,000



B.Y.E Ambulance Service, Inc.: $200,000



Win-Bur-Sew Fire Protection District: $200,000

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