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Emergency board looking at how to handle 911 calls

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MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY - The way your calls for help are handled could change in the not-so-distant future.

In a meeting of the E-911 board Tuesday evening, members looked at their options.

They include having Kentucky State Police take over more emergency dispatch duties.

Combining resources could save Paducah and McCracken County money.

Another challenge is funding, with so many people switching from land line phones to mobile phones.

"Public safety is one of the core responsibilities of local government, so we just want to make sure that first and foremost we take care of the ones that need us if they have to call," said 911 Acting Director, Brent Stringer.

The E-911 board also appointed David White to be the new interim director.

The appointment will give him the time to do in-depth research over the coming months on how other communities are funding and operating their 911 systems.

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