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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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4 Kentucky firefighters shocked, 1 critically, while helping with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Four firefighters with the Campbellsville Fire Department were shocked -- one of them critically -- while helping the Campbellsville University marching band with an ALS ice bucket challenge, according to a spokesman for Supporting Heroes, an organization that provides support to family members after emergency responders are injured or killed in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

3 of 5 D.C. firefighters unpunished after dying man was refused aid outside firehouse

Three of five firefighters under investigation for failure to render aid to a dying man who collapsed across the street from their firehouse have gone unpunished in connection with the case, which shocked D.C. residents and officials and put the city’s troubled fire department in the national spotlight.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington Times

Cause of blaze that killed Indiana firefighter ruled 'undetermined'

The cause of a business fire that led to the death of a New Carlisle volunteer firefighter has officially been ruled as “undetermined” by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). Jamie Middlebrook, assistant chief for the New Carlisle Fire Department, died of blunt force trauma from a falling roof while battling a blaze Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Elkhart Truth

Teen will face trial for California wildfire

A 13-year-old San Marcos girl accused of setting the devastating Cocos fire was found competent Wednesday to face arson charges related to the May 14 blaze and a second fire that began a day earlier. In a brief hearing in Juvenile Court, the girl’s parents also learned they could be responsible for restitution costs arising from the Cocos blaze, which burned nearly 2,000 acres, destroyed 36 homes in San Marcos and Harmony Grove and forced thousands to evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UT San Diego

Georgia: Savannah Fire among highest rated fire departments in America

The City of Savannah and Savannah Fire and Emergency Services have been elevated to among the highest rated cities and fire departments in America according to the Insurance Services Office. ISO representatives met with Savannah City Officials on Wednesday to announce the city has achieved the coveted ISO-1 classification.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Western Governors' Association calls to end "wildfire borrowing"

The Western Governors' Association in a letter last week urged U.S. Senate and congressional leadership, and President Barack Obama, to increase federal wildfire budgets so agencies can stop using fire prevention funds for fire suppression. The association said the U.S. Forest Service is again on pace to utilize prevention funds for suppression — known as "fire borrowing" — in a season where Oregon, California and Washington have seen millions of acres of forestland burn.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post

Texas firefighter stabbed while trying to douse blaze

A firefighter was stabbed Tuesday night while attempting to put out a fire in front of a Yorktown home. The fire department responded to a report of a truck on fire about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, said Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos. But when firefighters arrived, they discovered a man burning brush, a couch and a city-issued trash bin in front of his home in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Victoria Advocate

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