It shall be the duty of the police, fire, and ambulance committee to keep a close watch over the affairs of the police department, fire department, and ambulance department, of the City of Beardstown. They shall make recommendations to the city council about such changes and additions in each department as may be required, from time to time. This committee shall be involved in all negotiations of labor contracts with the various departments. It shall be their duty to see that the police department, fire department, and ambulance department of the City of Beardstown is at all times in proper condition for effective work and so regulated and conducted as to best protect all citizens and property within said city. They shall, from time to time, recommend to the city council such repairs and improvements as may be necessary and desirable in each department. They shall have the charge of the property of each department and see that the same is kept in such condition as to prevent loss or damage.