paducah riverPADUCAH, Ky. (8/25/14) — The Paducah Fire Prevention Division is hosting the 3rd annual conference for Electrical, Building and Fire Service professionals.

The free one-day conference is available to anyone in the electrical, building/construction/design, or firefighting professions. The workshop will be Friday, Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Julian Carroll Convention Center located at 415 Park Avenue in Paducah. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Participation in the classes can provide attendees with continuing education credits for the State of Kentucky.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, Oct. 20 as lunch and materials will be provided. To pre-register, complete the registration form on the City of Paducah website at or contact the Fire Prevention Division at (270) 444-8527. Lodging is available at a discounted rate of $70 per night at the Drury Inn located at 3975 Hinkleville Road, Paducah, Ky. 42001, (270) 443-3313. Use code #416759 for the Paducah Fire Prevention group rate.

Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry says, “The previous two conferences have been very successful. The Paducah Fire Prevention Division wants to continue being an active resource for the community. These educational opportunities allow us to develop strong working relationships while receiving instruction about the latest information in the electrical, building, and fire service fields.”

The Paducah Fire Department welcomes sponsors and vendors for the event. If you are interested in being a sponsor or reserving vendor space, contact Deputy Fire Marshal April Tinsman or Deputy Chief Cherry at (270) 444-8527.

Electrical Class: The electrical class offered is 2014 Soares Grounding and Bonding taught by Bill McGovern. McGovern is the Electrical Inspection Services Supervisor for the City of Plano, Texas. McGovern represents the International Association of Electrical Inspectors on Code Making Panel-2 for the 2008, 2011, and 2014 editions of the National Electrical Code. Completely revised to the 2014 National Electrical Code, this class will cover grounding fundamentals, grounding and bonding in swimming pools and other facilities, grounding separately derived systems, and grounding in more than one building, as well as dispel grounding myths and misconceptions.

Building Code Class: The building code class, 2013 Kentucky Building Code, Administration, Chapter 1, will be instructed by George Mann. Mann served as Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction. The course will provide a general history of the building code adoption process and the creation of the Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction in addition to explaining the use and application of the 2013 Kentucky Building Code.

Fire Service Course: Patrick Shrodes of the Columbus, Ohio Police Department and Mike DeFrancisco of the Columbus, Ohio Fire Department will provide for fire service professionals a class on Clandestine Laboratory Identification and Awareness. Detective Schrodes, who serves on the Executive Board of the Clandestine Lab Investigators Association, is a 20-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department. Shrodes has investigated more than 100 methamphetamine labs. Fire Investigator DeFrancisco, a 27-year veteran of the Columbus Fire Department, has investigated more than 1600 fires and has successfully prosecuted clandestine (meth) laboratory fires. This course for fire professionals will introduce participants to the methods of the production of drugs, explosives, and toxins in clandestine laboratories.

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