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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.


DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

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


BEAT THE BEEP: REPLACE AGING CO ALARMS – THEY DON'T LAST FOREVER

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.

 

STERLING LAUNCHES CODE RED NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

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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TODAYS NEWS :

New safety measures urged in wake of hotel fire that killed 4 Houston firefighters

Ten minutes after a caller reported a fire at a southwest Houston hotel, a team that responded ran out of water in its engine's tank as another group searched the grounds for a fire hydrant. The firefighters had to briefly back out, then reenter the building. It was one moment of chaos among many on the worst day in the Houston Fire Department's history, recounted in a report detailing the department's investigation into the May 31, 2013, fire at the Southwest Inn.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: houston chronicle

Louisiana Firefighter Arrested at Accident Scene for Failing to Move Apparatus

The Winnfield Fire Department says they went to the scene of a minor traffic accident and carried out their duties as a first responders. Fire Chief Pat Keith says,"We were trying to help the people, who had the wreck, and assist the ambulance. Basically, we were doing our job." However, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department claims a firefighter did not move his truck when instructed to do so by a deputy.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Myarklamiss

Ohio fracking fire points out failings

Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency. Keevert was out of range of the county’s radio system, so he got in his truck and drove toward town. As he got closer, the radio static gave way to snippets of conversation.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the columbus dispatch

Houston firefighters union president resigns over threats

Bryan Sky-Eagle says he's been looking over his shoulder ever since he saw a posting on Facebook warning he should watch his back. And he says that's not the only threat posted on social media. "This is very serious stuff," said Sky-Eagle. "The nature has been physical violence towards me, a premeditated altercation, removing the wheels off of vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston

North Carolina department fires 5 public safety officers

Four of the five Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety officers who were terminated Thursday were fired for violating village policy against sexual harassment, discourteous treatment of other employees and inappropriate electronic communications, according to termination letters. The fifth man was fired for discourteous treatment of other employees and inappropriate electronic communications.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: star news online

Pennsylvania fire chief set to plead guilty in federal court to stealing dept. funds

Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich will enter his guilty plea in federal court on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., according to court documents filed Thursday afternoon. Yuknavich will appear before U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, the judge who presided over the cases involving the key players in the infamous kids-for-cash scandal in Luzerne County.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

4 killed in crash of medical flight in New Mexico

An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday. The twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it hit a mesquite tree in a field, flipped and burst into flames, according to New Mexico State Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: azfamily


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