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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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Injured California firefighters in restaurant crash aided civilians, chiefs say

After two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, sending one of them crashing into a restaurant, the firefighters climbed out and immediately set about rescuing injured civilians, officials said Thursday. The fire chiefs for the Monterey Park and Alhambra fire departments, which each had three personnel involved in the crash, praised the firefighters for overcoming their own injuries to aid the nine civilians who were hurt, one of them critically.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

Report: Chicago Firefighters Suspended for Falsifying Mileage Records

Another group of Chicago Fire Department personnel has been suspended for falsifying thousands of dollars worth of mileage reimbursement claims, according to a report released Thursday by the city's top internal watchdog. In all, 17 firefighters and paramedics in the Fire Prevention Bureau and Public Education Unit were paid more than $35,000 in 2009 for mileage they never traveled on the job, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's latest quarterly report states.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Newly released video shows moment of deadly West, Texas, blast

VIDEO: Jeff Tobola had just wrapped up another work day and picked up his son in West, Texas, when he heard the city's fertilizer plant was on fire.Why not check it out?"I noticed I could see the flames," Tobola said. "I went like, yeah, that's a good sized fire, and so it just drew me a little bit closer.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn

Colorado fire district cuts firefighter position to pay for $100,000 investigation

The Black Forest Fire/Rescue District held a public meeting Thursday to discuss 2014 budget adjustments needed to compensate for spending more than $100,000 on an internal investigation into its fire chief's handling of the Black Forest fire. The hefty fee for the investigation, which cleared Fire Chief Bob Harvey of any negligence, was not budgeted for and will now mean the elimination of one of the department's two part-time firefighter positions at Station No.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the gazette

Update: Ousted New Jersey fire director regains position

Ousted city Fire Director Qareeb Bashir will return to work today, while Mayor George Muschal may be one step closer to losing his position as council president next week.The axed fire official was restored to office by a 4-1 council vote last night, and he was welcomed back with a loud and extended standing ovation from the packed council room.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: trenton times

Cities now struggling from past fire-suppression efforts

Peter Brown, the keynote speaker at the 2014 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference in Glenwood Springs, described a pattern Wednesday evening of fire suppression that began in the late 19th Century and has left 21st Century fire officials scrambling to stop the western United States from burning down. Brown is the director of Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the gazette

At least 15 hurt when two California firetrucks collide sending one crashing into restaurant

PHOTOS: At least 15 people, including six firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park, causing one to smash into a small restaurant. Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said no fatalities were reported. The injuries ranged from minor to at least one critical.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

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