Prepare for first responder drills in Paducah

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – This week, people in the Paducah, Kentucky area, will want to be prepared for numerous flashing lights and first responder vehicles as multiple local agencies train for a potential future emergency.

The drill will take place Wednesday at the Ohio River boat launch, which will be shut down for most of the day.

The drills will include a wide range of boat tactics and emergency response procedures.

“Well basically what we’re doing is we’re working with all of our first responder partners in the western Kentucky/southern Illinois area to conduct boat drills so that they can practice what they would do in the event that we had an incident on the Ohio River,” said Rande Plemons, United States Coast Guard.

While law enforcement officials will be hard at work, many passersby may think an actual emergency is taking place, but that is not the case.

“I’m sure we’ll probably get a call or two to 911 when they see all the flashing lights out on the river. But it is a collaboration of the Coast Guard and first responders in our community working on a training exercise I and and try to avoid calling 911,” continued Plemons.

The drills will be located at 275 Burnett Street. Both North 6 and Burnett streets will be closed to the public on Wednesday, September 7, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The goal of the drill is to make sure all agencies in the area are ready for the worst-case scenario.

“So, this way we are ensuring that everyone that would respond to an incident has the opportunity to work with the other agencies that would respond. It helps us make sure that our training is up-to-date, and we know the people that we’re going to work with,” continued Plemons.

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