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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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Fire truck crash victim to get $15M settlement from two California cities

A 53-year-old father who lost his right leg after a crash sent a fire truck careening into a restaurant last year is poised to receive a $15 million settlement from Alhambra and Monterey Park, according to court documents. As Kenneth Thai of Monterey Park waited to cross an intersection on April 16, 2014, an Alhambra fire ladder truck heading south on Garfield Avenue collided with a Monterey Park fire engine going east on Emerson Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Connecticut deputy chief suspended without pay related to actions at task force hearing

Deputy fire Chief Daniel Nolan, suspended with pay since April pending an investigation into his actions at a fire department task force hearing, has received a 30-day unpaid suspension following an administrative hearing. Nolan, who runs the department's training, learned of his suspension via an email from Vincent Fusco, president of the Hartford Firefighters Association, according to Nolan's attorney, Mario Cerame.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

Fire truck on hold after Ohio city's treasurer refuses to sign check

Galion City Council President Carl Watt shook his head Thursday night during a heated Police, Fire and Health Committee meeting. “I thought I (saw) every low-down dirty trick,” Watt said, talking about his experience on Galion City Council and the Crawford County Commissioners Board. “But this tops them all.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: galion inquirer

Days before fire dept. overhaul, Rhode Island city claims union contract is ‘void and unenforceable’

Lawyers for Rhode Island’s capital city have told a Superior Court judge they believe the city’s current firefighters’ union contract is invalid, arguing that the Providence City Council had no legal right to agree to a long-term deal in 2011. In court documents filed late Wednesday evening, the Elorza administration asked Judge Jeffrey A.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

States are staring at a trillion-dollar pension hole

While the Greek and Puerto Rican debt meltdowns command world attention, most American states are grappling with how to cover between $1 trillion to $4 trillion in unfunded pension and health care liabilities, according to experts. The range of the unfunded liability number can be explained by variables like the assumed rate of return on pension investments and variations in economic forecasts.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cbs news

Fire Truck Crashes into New York Casino Shuttle Bus, 10 Hurt

PHOTOS: Ten people were injured after a fire engine collided with a casino shuttle bus Wednesday evening. Yonkers fire engine 313 crashed into the driver's side of an Empire City Casino bus around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Kimball and Yonkers avenues. Firefighters from station 13, just a few hundred feet from the intersection, were responding to a fire alarm at 41 Maple Place when their truck hit the bus, Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy said.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News

Illinois firefighters use drone to battle house fire

VIDEO: Firefighters used a drone to battle a house fire that may have been caused by lightning in south suburban Orland Park. The fire chief said flames were seen on the roof of a two-story home in the 10800-block of Scarlet Drive just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. When firefighters arrived on scene they found flames spreading across the roof and through the attic.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

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