Promote Safety - Serve Community - Protect Life
Vision: Our vision is to be a recognized leader in building safety, fire prevention, and public services.
Mission: Our mission is to maintain a high level of safety and public welfare by providing professional level services of plan review, building, electrical, fire and property maintenance inspections, fire investigations and public education. We provide professional guidance of adopted standards and codes to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare for the citizens and visitors of Paducah.
The Fire Prevention Division of the Paducah Fire Department has the responsibility for the 1) issuance of permits; 2) building and construction inspection; 3) electrical inspection; 4) codes enforcement, housing, zoning, building, electrical, etc; 5) maintenance of city records for all construction and property improvement within the city or its jurisdiction; and 6) other such duties, functions, and responsibilities as may be delegated by the Fire Chief.
The Fire Prevention Division carries out the responsibilities outlined in several sections in Kentucky's Adopted Codes and the Paducah Code of Ordinances which include Chapter 46 (Fire Prevention and Protection); Building, electrical, construction, demolition, code enforcement, and rental occupancy permits under Chapter 42 (Environment); and Building codes under Chapter 18 (Building and Building Regulations).
Fire Prevention Division
City Hall, 1st Floor
300 South 5th Street
P.O. Box 2267
Paducah, KY 42002-2267
For construction related inquiries 270-444-8527
For yards and grounds complaints and/or existing housing problems 270-444-8522
Greg Cherry - Deputy Chief Fire Prevention
Chad Clark - Deputy Building Inspector I
Janet Dicke - Executive Assistant I
Les Fugate - Chief Building Inspector
Vaughn Hugen - Chief Electrical Inspector
David Jones - Code Enforcement Officer I
Debbie McGee - Permit Technician
Nathan Simmons - Deputy Fire Marshal
April Tinsman - Deputy Fire Marshal
Steve Utz - Code Enforcement Officer I
The Paducah Fire Department will be holding the 2021 Annual Combined Conference for Fire Service, Electrical, and Building Professionals on October 29 through 30. This free conference benefits those in the electrical, building, construction, design, social services, or firefighting professions with educational workshops and continuing education credits.
The Fire Prevention Division strives to achieve good relationships with our residents and businesses. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will assist us in improving our services. Visit Customer Satisfaction Survey to take the online survey.
On June 26, 2012, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance creating the Fire Prevention Division of the Paducah Fire Department which abolished the Inspection Department with the employees and duties, functions, and responsibilities of that department moved to the Fire Prevention Division. In February 2012, the Fire Department began overseeing the department through a pilot program. Two meetings were held with contractors to gain their feedback with an emphasis on enhancing customer service and improving service delivery. Several changes were initiated immediately following the creation of the Fire Prevention Division including the purchase of additional field supplies for the code enforcement officers, development of criteria for foreclosures, a renovation of the office area with a movement toward a paperless office, integration of a document management service, and the scheduling of training. To learn more about the enacted and proposed changes, view the Fire-Inspection Reorganization >> slide presentation given by Chief Steve Kyle at the June 5, 2012 City Commission budget workshop.