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Shepherdsville Fire Department trying to stay prepared in midst of busy year

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SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From lifesaving rescues to fighting massive house fires, it has been a busy year for the Shepherdsville Fire Department.

The department has responded to more than a thousand runs in 2016. One of the latest was a fire at a local auction house on a cold, rainy Saturday night.

As smoke and flames spilled from inside the Insurance Auto Auction in Shepherdsville, it was a challenge for everyone on the scene.

"I got a call from the fire department at approximately 9:30," said Matt McCarthy, who is branch manager of Insurance Auto Auction.

It was a frightening call for McCarthy.

"We've got ... close to 900 cars on the lot," he said.

The Shepherdsville Fire Department responded, but getting to the burning cars is not easy.

"It was cold and raining, and then they had a fence around the building that was electrified," Chief Layne Troutman said.

Firefighters eventually cut the fence and extinguished at least nine cars.

But then, it was on to the next emergency.

"We ended up making four or five other runs during that one incident," said Chief Troutman who added that lately, that's been typical.

"It has been very busy."

He said in the last 20 years, they've seen a growth in the population and number of runs.

"We are at 1,015 runs today," he said. "Last year, at this time, we were at probably about 960 runs."

That's why he stresses the importance of rest and downtime.

"We know we are usually going to have a busy night," he said. "They need to be ready when the buzzer goes off. They need to be at their best."

And despite a busy year, McCarthy said firefighters were definitely at their best on Saturday night.

"To come out that night, with the weather the way it was, to be able to knock everything out as fast as they did, is pretty unbelievable," McCarthy said.

The Shepherdsville Fire Department has added personnel over the years and is in the process of moving one of its firehouses for better coverage and response times.

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