A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Saturday (Oct. 23) to commemorate Beatrice (NE) Fire Rescue’s new fire station, according to a report published by the Beatrice Daily Sun.
The newspaper reported the station was budgeted to cost $8.3 million and is being funded by a half-cent sales tax which brings in about $1 million annually.
The new fire station has a 16,000 square foot apparatus bay and far more space than the department had in the city auditorium where it has been located since 1965, the television station reported.
A study to build a new station began 20 years ago and it took five years to complete, the television station reported, adding that a financial crisis halted any plans for a new station in 2008. In 2014, the city began thinking about a new station again and last March, ground was broken for the station on South Sixth Street.