The Beatrice City Council hired JEO Consulting Group to provide a building design and construction contract for the new Beatrice Fire and Rescue building.

The total price of the contract is $560,000.

“That’s $525,000 for architectural services, then there’s civil engineering and surveys and geotechnical work that will also be included for about $35,000,” said City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer.

Tempelmeyer said that after the design is finished, it will be checked to make sure the finished building has everything the department needs. Then an estimate will be given for construction companies to bid on.

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During the council meeting Monday, Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Daake said the fire station went through major changes in 1994 when they were approached by the county to take over the Emergency Medical Services.

“Prior to 1994, we went on maybe 400 calls of service,” Daake said. “1995 was our first full year of the ambulance service. We ran about 1,500 calls of service. Today, we’re running 2,500-2,700 calls each year. Things have changed a lot.”

Daake said the fire station has changed into an emergency response to all hazards, bringing up the recent flood activity as an example.

The city has yet to announce a location for the new station.

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