SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After years of growth in Shepherdsville, the fire department is playing some much needed catch-up. 

The Shepherdsville mayor and city council approved three new fire trucks, seven new firefighters, a new fire sub station and a training tower in the 2018-19 budget.

“It was desperately needed,” Fire Chief Layne Troutman said.

Troutman said the new equipment, buildings and staff have been wanted for years.

“We're trying to catch up," he said. "We were mostly a volunteer fire department years ago. We're starting to have a lot of growth."

From industrial growth to more restaurants and homes, Troutman said their trucks have been to far too many calls. Four out of six of them have seen better days.

“All of those vehicles should have been put out of service all ready,” he said.

Which is why the three new trucks at over $2 million is warranted, along with the $2.6 million for the new station and training facility.

“It will definitely help our guys train better to better serve our public, and we'll be inviting all the departments in the county to train with us,” Troutman said.

The upgrades will not cost taxpayers a cent. In fact, it could save them money. The new equipment and additional location will make response times faster, which means it's fire service rating by the Insurance Service Office could be boosted from a 3 to a 1. The average person could save $15-30 a year.

“Which doesn't sound like a lot, but when it's city-wide, it comes back quite a bit, a savings all around,” Troutman said.

It’s a win-win, he said, for both the firefighters and the citizens.

“We've got some of the best firefighters around," Troutman said. "We just needed the better equipment to put in their hands."

When all is said and done, 80 percent of the city will be within three miles of a fire station.

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