Seward Fire and Rescue planning to expand


Seward Fire and Rescue is looking to expand its facilities.

The Seward City Council approved a professional services agreement March 7 which will allow the fire department to work with Davis Design of Lincoln to create a plan to add on to the existing fire station at 233 N. Third St.

“We want to begin planning for station updating and a possible additional building,” Assistant Fire Chief Dan Brumm told the council.

The agreement is for schematic design plans, which will include a rough cost estimate and a study of how a new or expanded building would look in the empty lot north of the current station.

Brumm said the department hasn’t decided exactly how it would use a new space. Ideas include space for training and equipment as well as a museum-like space to preserve the department’s history.

“We’re discussing what our needs may be and how best to plan for the future,” Brumm said.

Davis Design will provide up to $25,000 worth of planning work under the agreement.

The house that previously occupied the lot was removed in 2021.

Seward Rescue began charging for rescue calls last year. Part of the money generated from those fees could be used to help pay for a new building project.