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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 states CO Law (Nicoles 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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North Carolina firefighter dies in blaze at own home

A Nantahala firefighter died in a fire at his own home early on Friday, according to Macon County Emergency Services officials. Nantahala Volunteer Fire and Rescue was dispatched to Briartown Church Road in Topton just before 1 a.m., where they found the house engulfed in flames. Firefighters extinguished the fire and found the body of Stephen McCoy, 36, inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wbtv

Florida man sets house on fire, kills responding deputy

Tallahassee Police Officer Scott Angulo hugged residents along Caracus Court Sunday, sobbing as he stopped to talk in the driveway of a fire-gutted home. A day earlier, a man set the home ablaze to lure first responders to the street so he could gun them down in an ambush that killed Leon County Deputy Christopher L.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: tallahassee democrat

South Carolina volunteer firefighters accused of setting fire to station; charged with attempted murder

Two volunteer firefighters were charged with attempted murder Tuesday night after they allegedly set fire to the Yemassee Fire Department and Town Hall building while two people were inside, according to police. The men were former volunteers for the Yemassee department and were fired Wednesday from their volunteer positions with the Sheldon Fire District, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the state

As fire chief retires after salary cut, New York town looks for part-timer

Fire Chief Thomas J. Passuite said last week that his last day on the job will be Dec. 11. He is retiring after 34 years in the department, the last 20 as chief. However, he would not rule out the possibility that he might return as the city’s new part-time fire chief. “Nobody’s approached me about it,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: buffalo news

Hero Massachusetts Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack During Rescue

A Springfield, Massachusetts, firefighter suffered a heart attack this morning after rescuing a man from an apartment fire at an elderly housing complex on Roosevelt Ave. Springfield fire officials tell NECN that a man inside the apartment sparked the blaze when he lit a cigarette while using an oxygen tank.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: necn

Federal Government Finds Funds to Give Firefighters High-Speed Internet Everywhere

The federal government has raised more than enough money to build a nationwide communications network for first responders. The network will help police, firefighters, and other public-safety officials from different agencies communicate with each other during emergencies. It is intended to handle high-speed data, so officials should be able to send photos and videos to each other, helping them coordinate their responses.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: national journal

Longtime New Jersey firefighter dies after responding to fire

Arthur E. “Art” Treon, whose name was synonymous with fire fighting and emergency management in the township, county, and state, died Wednesday night after leaving the scene of a fatal fire in North Wildwood. Town Bank Fire Chief Lou McGonigal, a longtime friend, said Treon had gone to Tuesday night’s fire at 212 W.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cape May Gazette

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