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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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North Carolina firefighter injured after ladder truck overturns

PHOTO: A Charlotte firefighter was hospitalized Sunday after, officials said, the ladder truck he was driving overturned – the second time an engine from the same fire company was damaged in a crash this year. It was also the second crash since Friday involving a firetruck, although the two incidents were not related.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charlotte observer

Ohio firefighters limited to attend, talk at public events

At times this year, Perrysburg Fire Chief Jeff Klein did not know his firefighters and their trucks were at events. Now, a policy change has been made for next year to ensure that doesn’t happen again. It has the city administration and the firefighters at odds. Effective Jan. 1, firefighters can not leave the station for anything other than a fire or emergency call without approval of the chief.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: toledo blade

Vandals cause $50k damage to New York fire company

Volunteer firefighters in Clarksville, Allegany County, were devastated Sunday morning to learn someone broke into the fire hall and vandalized all their equipment. Someone broke into a window Saturday night at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company and spray painted vulgar words all over trucks, other equipment and parts of the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIVB-TV Buffalo

Off-duty St. Louis firefighters rescue three people from burning car

Three off-duty St. Louis firefighters heading to their jobs saw a vehicle on fire and managed to pull three people from the flames Saturday morning. The victims were on fire, and the firefighters used a sweater to swat out the flames before giving the driver CPR. The three victims were in a car that crashed at 7:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Tennessee Fire Chief Resigns Over Ferguson Blog Post

Covington Fire Chief Jerry Craig has resigned after a controversial social media post on a blog about the situation in Ferguson, Mo. Craig said he started to comment on a blog but says he accidentally posted only a portion of what he was trying to say. Craig apologized saying what was said is not a reflection on the fact that his department is 90-percent White in a city which is more than 50-percent Black.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: my fox memphis

Dispute over washing personal vehicles at Maine fire station leads to deputy chief’s firing

Two former North Yarmouth Fire and Rescue Department paramedics claim town officials have violated their civil rights. Jeff Toorish, a lieutenant medic with the department, resigned Dec. 11. Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services Bill Young was fired the same day. Toorish said Tuesday their departures came when disagreements escalated after the town banned firefighters from washing their personal vehicles at the fire station.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: bangor daily ews

New York firefighter critically injured in house fire, officials say

An Inwood firefighter was in critical condition Friday after fellow volunteers found him trapped in debris in the basement of a burning home in Woodmere, a Nassau County fire official said. More than a dozen departments and more than 200 volunteers responded to the scene on Central Avenue after the fire was reported at 3:56 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: newsday.com

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