Making it easier for fire departments to buy equipment

Under legislation which passed the Illinois House recently, fire departments statewide will be able to apply for larger loans to afford the increased cost of modern fire trucks.

According to House sponsor State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson), the legislation takes aim at ensuring Illinois' fire departments are better equipped should an emergency arise.

"Improving public safety and the safety of our first responders is something that I advocate for," said Moffitt. "By increasing the amount our fire districts may borrow from the interest-free Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program, we help them to be able to access modern fire trucks that are often out of reach due to financial constraints.  When emergencies arise, our first responders and the citizens they serve deserve to have the best equipment available." The Star Courier has the story.