The Paducah Fire Prevention Division is hosting the eighth annual Combined Conference for Fire Service, Electrical and Building Professionals on Oct. 25-26 at the Carroll Convention Center at 415 Park Ave. The free conference is available to anyone in the electrical, building, construction, design, social services or firefighting professions. Participation in the classes can provide attendees with continuing education credits for the state of Kentucky.

The schedule of classes and registration form are on the city's website at paducahky.gov/annual-conference-information. The registration form includes information about lodging and a hospitality event organized by International Association of Fire Fighters Local 168. The deadline to register is Oct. 18.

"I am so proud of the Paducah Fire Department for taking the reins eight years ago to develop a conference that is beneficial to a variety of interrelated professions," said Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Greg Cherry. "Instead of being placed into separate silos, we are bringing together at one conference firefighters, code enforcement officials, building inspectors, construction and design professionals and social service experts."

Deputy Fire Marshal April Tinsman helps coordinate the conference.

"Immediately after last year's conference, I started working on the plans for this year's event," she said. "We listen to feedback from the attendees and strive to provide an experience that provides an amazing educational opportunity in addition to plenty of networking. There are so many discussions throughout these two days about the latest tools and technology, code interpretations and leadership skills.

"We learn from each other by sharing our experiences. Plus, we are able to bring to Paducah some of the most well-respected and knowledgeable instructors in these fields."

Last year, 315 participants attended the conference.

For more information about the conference, contact Tinsman at atinsman@paducahky.gov or 270-444-8527.

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