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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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Call to end nepotism in Los Angeles Fire Department hiring

As Los Angeles prepares to hire a new class of firefighters, the top investigator in the Los Angeles Fire Department is urging tougher procedures be put in place to prevent nepotism and the appearance of favoritism. LAFD Independent Assessor Sue Stengel, in a report sent Thursday to the Fire Commission, urged that fire officials with relatives applying to join the department be automatically excused from the hiring process as well make sure that there is no contact between relatives and those who rate the candidates.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles daily news

Seventeen Cleveland fire supervisors disciplined for roles in shift-trading scandal

Seventeen Cleveland fire department supervisors have been disciplined for their roles in a shift-trading scandal, the city announced today. The city suspended seven supervisors for one 24-hour shift, five supervisors for two 24-hour shifts and one supervisor for three 24-hour shifts. Two others are suspended for one 24-hour shift that will held in abeyance, which means they will only serve those suspensions if they are involved in future disciplinary matters.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Oregon firefighters locked out of fire station, chief resigns

The Lookingglass Rural Fire District has not been able to repond to fire calls since July 9. The combination to the lock on the building has been changed, and firefighters can no longer access the fire station. A special meeting was held Wednesday night. Citizens and firefighters hoped to voice their concerns, but the board adjourned the meeting immediately after accepting the resignation of Chief Steve Rhodes.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVAL-TV CBS 13

Former Maine fire chief appealing town manager’s decision to fire him

Former fire chief Mike Azevedo said Wednesday that he was abruptly fired by the town manager on July 21 and he has yet to be told why. “I have appealed the decision,” Azevedo said, who since has been tapped to serve as a firefighter for nearby Levant. Azevedo said that in his appeal to the Board of Selectmen, he isn’t seeking reinstatement but rather hopes to be given a reason for his dismissal sometime within the next 30 days so that he can inform the firefighters he has trained over the years.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: bangor daily news

Firefighter’s widow demands answers from Dallas Fire-Rescue

The widow of a Dallas firefighter killed in the line of duty last year is demanding answers from the city about her husband’s death. Jenny Wilson said Wednesday she has been waiting patiently for 14 months and wants to know what caused the death of her husband of more than 20 years, Stanley Wilson, on May 20, 2013.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: dallas morning news

Oregon wildland firefighter on break dies in fall

An off-duty firefighter staged near the Launch Fire at Fourmile Lake died Tuesday night in what officials are calling accidental in nature. According to Sgt. Darren Frank at the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year old Matthew David Goodnature, of Phoenix, Oregon was taking a walk away from his fire camp at about 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kdrv-tv medford

Unusual Arrangement Places Illinois Chief in Charge of Two Departments

Oak Lawn Fire Chief George Sheets will have full responsibility over the Chicago Ridge Fire Department, but staffing remains the job of the Chicago Ridge mayor and trustees, according to an agreement approved by each village board. The SouthtownStar obtained copies of the agreement through Illinois' freedom of information law.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firefighternation

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