Paducah 911 Center to Receive Kentucky 911 Services Board Grant

911 grant meetingDate of release:  August 25, 2017

Pictured from left to right:  Paducah Controller Audra Herndon, KY Office of Homeland Security KY 911 Board Administrator Jarred Ball, and Paducah Grants Administrator Adam Shull

City of Paducah staff met today in Frankfort with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to review a grant agreement between the Kentucky 911 Services Board and the City of Paducah.  Recently the Kentucky 911 Services Board announced that the Paducah 911 Center would be receiving a $175,000 grant to help fund the replacement of the telephony equipment used by the 911 Communications Services Department. 

The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved the grant application in May. The grant agreement will be placed on the agenda for an upcoming Paducah Board of Commissioners meeting.

911 Communications Services Department Director Ed McManus says, “I am thrilled that the Kentucky 911 Services Board selected Paducah to receive this competitive grant.  The telephony-based computer equipment is in critical need of replacing.  This is a crucial system component that allows the Paducah 911 Center to accept telephone calls and communicate between the community and law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service.”

In addition to the telephony equipment, the Paducah 911 Center has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the replacement of the computer-assisted dispatching (CAD) system.  Vendors have until October 20 to submit their RFP information.

The Paducah 911 Center located at 510 Clark Street in downtown Paducah is a department of the City of Paducah government.  It is the primary Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), providing 911 emergency and non-emergency services to the 65,000 residents within the 251 square miles of McCracken County.  It handles 911 calls from the City of Paducah and contracts to provide 911 call taking and dispatching services for various agencies including McCracken County and local volunteer fire departments.  The Paducah 911 Center receives a yearly incoming volume of more than 164,000 calls.