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The City of Springfield, Illinois, is upgrading parts of its fleet, with its city council voting to spend $5.5 million on vehicle purchases for the police, fire, and public works departments, NewsChannel 20 reported.

However, city officials warned with the microchip shortage, it could be up to a year before new vehicles to arrive. The Fire Department has put into full-time use its only spare ladder truck, which is more than 20 years old. The mayor stated he wanted vehicle replacement times to decrease to avoid similar issues in the future.