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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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Recall issued after Montana fire-truck crash that killed 6 including fire chief

A company that manufactures drivetrains for International fire engines has issued a recall after Montana authorities concluded a faulty drivetrain was responsible for a fatal crash that killed six people outside Helena. The recall notice says the driveshaft may separate and cause the axle to lock if a double Cardan joint seizes up.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ravalli republic

Wanted: Ebola screeners with EMT/paramedic experience at JFK for $19 an hour

They’re looking for the few, the proud — and the really desperate. For a measly $19 an hour, a government contractor is offering applicants the opportunity to get up close and personal with potential Ebola patients at JFK Airport — including taking their temperatures. Angel Staffing Inc. is hiring brave souls with basic EMT or paramedic training to assist Customs and Border Protection officers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in identifying possible victims at Terminal 4, where amped-up Ebola screening started on Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

Pennsylvania Fire Leaves 4 Children, 2 Adults Dead

A devastating fire destroyed a McKeesport home early Saturday morning, leaving a man with burns over half his body and claiming the lives of his wife, his wheelchair-bound father and the woman’s four young children. The home, on Express Alley, off of Atlantic Avenue, was fully engulfed in flames when McKeesport firefighters arrived at the scene around 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Pittsburgh

VIDEO: Man rescued from burning California home

A woman holding a baby screamed for someone to save her dad from a burning home in Central Fresno, and those pleas were answered. The fire broke out just before 9 a.m. Saturday on Dakota near Cedar. Beth Lederach called 911 then caught the flames and the dramatic rescue on cellphone video. The video shows the flames and smoke pouring out of the duplex, and then suddenly a man comes running toward the street carrying the woman's father over his shoulder.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

New digital tool will help Texas firefighters battle building blazes

Firefighters in the Houston region soon will have more information about certain buildings before they arrive to contain the blazes that threaten them. Using a federal anti-terrorism grant, fire departments in the five-county area have developed a digital database of high-risk structures - those critical to the nation's daily operations, high-rises and some large commercial buildings.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: houston chronicle

Michigan lawmakers end ban on firefighter moonlighting

A clause in a union contract with Grand Rapids city firefighters appears to be outlawed by a bill Gov. Rick Snyder signed this week. Grand Rapids this year began barring its full-time firefighters from working for other area departments on their days off. State Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, introduced a bill to prohibit the city and the Grand Rapids Firefighters Local 366 union from agreeing to such a policy.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Seattle’s fire chief stepping aside after 10 years

Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean announced Thursday he will be retiring at the end of the year — and this time, he won’t be swayed to stay as he was when he first tried to retire nearly a year ago. Dean, who graduated from Seattle’s Franklin High School and has spent his entire 44-year career with the Seattle Fire Department, plans to stay in the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: seattle times

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