Paducah Fire Department

Paducah McCracken County Riverport Authority via Facebook

A large crane on Paducah’s Riverport caught fire around 11:15 this morning.

Courtesy of the City of Paducah

The Paducah Police and Fire Departments are seeking public assistance in the investigation involving two recent fires in the downtown area. The departments are calling the fires “suspicious” in nature. 

City of Paducah Kentucky Government via Facebook

The Paducah Fire Department is launching a new physical agility test to improve firefighter health and fitness and measure their skills.

Paducah Police Department's Facebook page

UPDATE 1:43 p.m. : Paducah Police Department has confirmed the explosion at Darling Ingredients Inc. in Paducah. They said one employee sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.  Paducah public information officer Pam Spencer said in a release that North 10th Street between Fluornoy and Northview Streets is currently closed to traffic. She said Atmos Energy has capped the gas connection to the plant for safety precautions and that work is underway to inspect the structural integrity of the damaged section of the building. She said seventeen employees and the plant manager were working at the plant at the time of the explosion. 

No Decision on McCracken Co. 911

Jan 7, 2015

Paducah Fire Chief Steve Kyle told the city commission Tuesday night there are still too many unknowns to make a recommendation on whether to contract with Kentucky State Police for 911 operations or continue self-operations. Kyle says a major concern for the Emergency Communication System is the ability of the Mayfield KSP’s proposed 10 dispatchers to handle Paducah-McCracken County’s entire call volume with a decrease in certain services and connections.

Lance Dennee

With four months left until contracts with the police and fire unions is set to expire, the Paducah City Commission is expecting to pass agreements with the Paducah Police Bargaining Unit and Paducah Fire Fighters Local 186.

Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson, Paducah Fire Chief Stephen Kyle, and Human Resources Director Cindy Medford say misconduct allegations within the Paducah Fire Dept are unfounded.

A release from the city says  no workplace policies were violated.

  Paducah's Police and Fire departments may consolidate facilities to operate under one roof.  

Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says he and Fire Chief Steve Kyle have been researching the idea of a joint-department facility for about five years and are now looking into how it could work for Paducah.  Barnhill says both departments are currently working out of cramped, out-dated quarters.

Paducah Sun

Paducah's downtown Kresge building may be set for demolition after the collapse of a large part of its roof. Paducah Fire Department Officials condemned the building this week fearing further damage might spill out onto the street. Officials said the building’s condition has been deteriorating for years and last weekend’s heavy rain only accelerated the damage. 

Paducah gets Fire Prevention Division

Jun 27, 2012

Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton and city commissioners passed an ordinance last night creating a Fire Prevention Division attached to the city’s fire department.