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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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2 dead, 1 injured after forest service helicopter crashes during controlled burn in Mississippi

Two people are dead and one is severely injured after a U.S. Forest Service helicopter crashed Monday near the intersection of Airey Tower and Martha Redmond roads. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove confirmed two of the helicopter's occupants died in the crash. Authorities were still working to remove the two bodies from the wreckage by about 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sun herald

85 years after infamous lynching, another noose stirs tension in Indiana town

When his boss tossed the noose into his hands, Mikel Neal, a black firefighter in Marion, Ind., had two thoughts. First, was this a threat? And, second, how would Neal tell his wife about this bizarre act, with its eerie echoes of Marion’s dark past? “I’m still in shock,” Neal said in an interview late Monday.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington post

Probe into deadly NYC explosion highlights problem of tampering with pipes to steal gas

It was a run-of-the-mill complaint — a smell of gas — with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. The issue was quickly resolved. But seven months later, authorities suspect another round of gas-pipe tampering caused a fiery explosion at the same building, killing two people, injuring nearly two dozen and leveling three buildings in all.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fox news

Atlantic City fire chief retires amid pants-dropping investigation

Atlantic City's fire chief who is under investigation for allegedly dropping his pants at a metal detector is retiring. Dennis Brooks, who joined the department in August 1979, was put on administrative leave in early March, after a woman working the metal detector at the Public Safety Building claimed he dropped his pants when she asked him to put anything metal on the table.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: press of atlantic city

Connecticut firefighter says work discrimination is based on religion

A Hamden firefighter is charging that discrimination based on religion is the reason behind a pattern of harassment he claims he has put up with for years. Ray Pouncey is a Jehovah’s Witness. He’s been with the Hamden Fire Department for 18 years and is assigned to Station 9 in Mount Carmel. In January he filed a lawsuit against the Fire Department and the town of Hamden in New Haven Federal Court charging that he is being forced to work in a hostile environment in part due to his religion.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

Fresno captain severely burned in roof collapse faces difficult recovery

Fresno firefighter Pete Dern remains in serious condition and faces skin grafts and weeks of other intensive treatment for burns he suffered Sunday when a roof collapsed at a garage fire and he fell into an inferno, the medical director of the Leon S. Peters Burn Center said Monday afternoon. “He remains stable but in very serious condition,” said Dr.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fresno bee

Firefighters allegedly held hostage inside Pennsylvania firehouse by armed subject

A former firefighter is in custody after allegedly holding four firefighters hostage at gunpoint inside a firehouse in the Elkins Park section of Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. It was 10:39 a.m. when Cheltenham Police were called out to the LaMott Fire House at Penrose Avenue and Graham Lane.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

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