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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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Fire commissioner appoints veteran firefighter as new FDNY Chief of Department

A veteran firefighter and FDNY Brooklyn Borough Commander credited with saving lives on the job has been appointed as Chief of Department, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced Wednesday. Beginning Nov. 1, Chief James E. Leonard, a Staten Island resident and 35-year veteran, will oversee the department's 15,000 uniformed firefighters and EMS personnel, as well as four major agency bureaus.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: staten island advance

Atlanta firefighter falls from roof while battling apartment blaze

One firefighter fell 20 feet from a roof and another was burned Thursday morning while battling a blaze at a Buckhead apartment complex. Firefighters were called to the two-alarm fire at the Victoria complex in the 3500 block of Roswell Road around 11 a.m. Firefighter Spurgeon Putnam was injured when he fell 20 feet from a roof, fire department spokeswoman Janet Ward said.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ohio fire chief quits after address mix-up inquiry

Hamilton Township officials have ended their investigation into the community's fire chief after he announced he will leave the department at the end of the year. Fire Chief Mark Greatorex was placed on paid administrative leave nearly two weeks ago while an independent investigator probed his handling of an incident in which firefighters broke down the door of the wrong house during a call for a medical alarm.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cincinnati Enquirer

West Virginia Supreme Court upholds firefighter overtime pay decision

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court decision that ruled that the city’s Firemen’s Civil Service Commission correctly stated it did not have jurisdiction to address Charleston firefighter overtime pay. “The Commission may only hear matters that involve the removal, discharge, suspension or reduction in rank or pay of any particular affected individual,” Justice Margaret Workman wrote in a 32-page opinion.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charleston gazette

Follow Up: New Questions Arise in Connecticut LODD Fire Probe

Engine 16, Kevin Bell's fire company, was the first to arrive at the burning home on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford on Oc. 7, where Bell lost his life. Dozens more firefighters also rushed to the scene; among them, Interim Assistant Chief Terry Waller. NBC Connecticut has learned through multiple sources in the city of Hartford that Waller arrived even before any of the deputy chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc connecticut

New Orleans fire captain dies of illness during training in New Mexico

A 13-year veteran New Orleans Fire Department captain died Sunday (Oct. 26) while training in New Mexico, according to a department release. Capt. Troy Magee fell ill while taking part in a training course in Albuquerque, the release states. It does not state the nature of the course, or his illness.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune

At least four dead after plane crashes into building at Kansas airport

VIDEO: Officials say at least four people are now dead and four are missing after a small plane reported losing engine power and crashed into the two-story FlightSafety International building at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. The crash happened around 9:50 a.m. Thursday. It sent up huge plumes of black smoke which could be seen for miles around the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSN-TV News 3

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