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Message From Chief David C. Hurlbut, Jr.

Welcome to the official web site for the Sterling Fire Department. The SFD proudly serves the Town of Sterling, Massachusetts by providing fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention and emergency medical services for our community. Sterling has four full-time members and a full-time administrative assistant that work during the day along with an on-call staff of thirty firefighters and EMT's. We operate two paramedic level ambulances as well as three Engine Companies, a Ladder Company, and a Heavy Rescue Unit out of our headquarters at 5 Main Street in Sterling center. In addition, the department operates two brush fire units and support equipment to handle various types of specialized emergency situations. The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for Code Enforcement, Permits, Inspections as well as providing Public Education services to the community. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website. Should you wish to contact us you can call the office between the hours of 7AM and 6PM at (978) 422-8107. Should you need non-emergency assistance after 6PM you can contact the dispatcher at (978) 422-7331.


The Sterling Fire Department just recently published and distributed a flyer that provides great information on what you should do to ensure you are adequately prepared for different types of catestrophic events. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER


Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms have been required in nearly every residence since March of 2006. The life expectancy of carbon monoxide alarms is 5-7 years, depending on the alarm manufacturer. Many CO alarms installed after the state’s CO Law (“Nicole’s Law”) was passed are now reaching the end of their useful life and need to be replaced. No home appliance lasts forever. The life of a CO alarm begins once it is first powered up. Most CO alarms have a date of manufacture stamped on them, which can be used as a guide if the activation date was not recorded. The attached pamphlet has additional information for your reference. If you need further assistance, you can contact the Sterling Fire Department at (978) 422-8107.



The Town of Sterling has a new emergency notification system (also known as reverse 911). This system allow Sterling residents to receive neighborhood specific emergency notifications issued by the town public safety agencies. These can be sent to you by phone, email and/or text message, all of which can be set up by you through an easy to use web page. To enroll in this free service offered by the town of Sterling go to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment web page by clicking the graphic on the left and submitting the requested information. This data is held securely and used only for the purposes of emergency notifications.



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Arizona Fire Chief Dies Unexpectedly

Darrell Raburn, chief of the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department, died Monday morning. According to reports, Raburn was pronounced dead around 8 a.m. Monday at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, where he was taken after a 911 call from his wife summoned help from emergency personnel. Raburn was unresponsive when medical personnel arrived at his home.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mohave daily news

Firefighting death in North Idaho underscores unclear rules

An investigative report on the death of the bulldozer operator in North Idaho said his heart attack was not caused by his firefighting effort. But the brother of Dennis Long of Clarkston, Wash., said the heat, stress and frustration of operating an uninspected bulldozer that overheated on a steep mountain slope between Greer and Kamiah was more than his brother's heart could take.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: idaho statesman

Firefighter Arsonists Continue to Plague Departments

In any given week, there are headlines across the country about firefighters setting fires. But, the problem is not a new one. The issue dates back to at least the early 1800s, Montgomery Township, Pa. Fire Chief Bill Wiegman told attendees at Firehouse Expo recently. Just how many fires are being set by those who don gear to extinguish them is not really known as there is no national data collection system, the chief said.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Off-duty Ohio firefighter helps save shooting victim

Shot multiple times and stabbed in the neck, the wounded woman drove to the first house she found in the Hocking Hills. The haven that Kimberly S. Napoli found on Saturday night, after she had been injured and her friend had been shot to death, was the home of a Logan firefighter and emergency medical technician, Joe Ellis.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the columbus dispatch

Los Angeles Fire Dept. to hire 165 new firefighters in wake of recruiting controversy

With a new fire chief awaiting confirmation and thousands of expected applicants, the city of Los Angeles is beginning the process of hiring 165 new firefighters even as standards and procedures are being revamped to avoid the problems that have plagued the department in the past. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles daily news

Rhode Island firefighter loses hand but plans extraordinary comeback

Braden Leonard faced countless risks on the job as a Johnston firefighter, and off duty as an adrenaline junky whose idea of relaxing is racing a mountain bike through tree covered trails and down steep hills. But the 32 year old’s life changing brush with death came from something far more common and unexpected.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

4 New York EMS workers barred from duty after response to chokehold death

Four emergency-service workers who found a man unconscious on the sidewalk after a cop put him in a chokehold — and apparently did nothing to aid him — have been barred from going on any more ambulance calls pending a probe, officials said Sunday. A seven-minute video captured the last few minutes of diabetic dad Eric Garner’s life — and the apparent procedural lapses by two medics and two EMTs, sources told The Post.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

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