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Paducah considering joint fire/police headquarters

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

The Paducah fire and police departments are considering building joint headquarters.

The Paducah fire chief briefed the mayor and city commission about the possibility of constructing a joint police/fire headquarters.

The city manager, administrative staff, and police and fire departments have been meeting the past several weeks about the development of a project to combine the headquarters.

The current fire headquarters is on Washington Street in a building built in 1967.

The police headquarters is on Broadway in a 1955 era building.

Fire Chief Steve Kyle told the mayor and city commission the joint facility could save 15 percent and allow the departments to share technology, space, and maybe even staff such as records management.

Nearly four years ago, a spatial needs study was conducted and found the fire department needed a 23,000 square foot headquarters costing about $4.3 million.

A spatial needs study has not been conducted for the police department.

Chief Kyle cited Paducah's westward expansion and the fact that the current headquarters coverage area overlaps with two other existing stations, that a new headquarters would be preferable in the Jackson Street/Lone Oak Road area.

He says an additional fire station to cover the western edge of Paducah would need to be constructed.

The next step in the process is to complete a joint needs assessment, according to the city commission meeting highlights.

Funds already have been earmarked for facility studies for both the police and fire departments.

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