McCracken to Buy Boat; Upgrade Emergency Center

Paducah, KY – McCracken County is seeking a $90,000 federal grant to buy a rescue boat and a one million dollar grant to go toward renovating and expanding its emergency operations center on Coleman Road. Fiscal Court members voted unanimously yesterday to apply for the Homeland Security grants. The proposed boat is nothing like the quarter-million dollar fire-rescue boat the Reidland-Farley Fire Department is trying to sell. Emergency management director Paul Carter tells the Paducah Sun the boat will be for basic work like water rescues and searching for drowning victims. The county now expects to wait for up to a year for the grants to process and finalize before beginning work on the emergency operations center.