Paducah's New Fire/Rescue Boat

Paducah, KY – The Paducah Marine Firefighting Coalition could possibly take ownership of the Reidland-Farley Fire Department's new fire/rescue boat. The boat was ordered last year, with a federal grant expected to pay 75 percent of the cost. However, the boat, delivered in August, has not been paid for and the Florida company that built it wants a payment by Friday. The fire district doesn't have the money and is expected to seek another extension while they finalize a plan to raise funds. Mayor Bill Paxton says the city has been asked to train firefighters to operate the boat. The twin-engine, 27-foot fire/rescue boat is expected to complement the emergency services the barge provides.