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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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Hacker stole FDNY firefighters’ pay, rerouted it to Russia

A hacker stole the paychecks from four FDNY firefighters by breaking into a computer at their engine company, stealing their passwords — and then routing the dough to Russia, sources said on Wednesday. The firefighters, from Staten Island’s Engine Co. 167, discovered that their paychecks hadn’t been direct-deposited into their bank accounts about three weeks ago, the sources said.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

California firefighters to join SWAT as paramedics

A selected number of Vallejo firefighters soon will be in the middle of the action along with the SWAT Team members under a new program. Under an agreement entered by both Vallejo Fire and Police departments at the beginning of the month, four Vallejo firefighters and a coordinator will receive special training to be part of the Vallejo-Benicia SWAT Team as Tactical Emergency Medical Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald

When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save Texas Firefighter

Firefighter Neal Smith was almost out of the second floor of the six-story training tower when he became disoriented and fell to his knees. Smith had excelled through the first day's exercises, and he was doing fine on day two. He was one of a few to clear a bunker with air left in his tank; others quickly depleted their supply as instructors, perched above the rafters, threw firecrackers and lassoed the trainees' air tanks with bungee cords.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: houston press

Woman gets 8-year sentence for supplying guns to man who ambushed New York firefighters

A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground. Dawn Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in June to three felonies, including supplying guns to a known felon.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: syracuse post-standard

California couple moved to tears by note firefighters left at home

The massive fire destroyed about a hundred homes in Weed Monday, but one couple who lost their house found a small memento left behind by fire crews they will cherish. There is nothing left at the Alvarado home on Hillside Drive. The house is ashes, the motorcycles charred, the swing set melted. Only the chimney was left standing.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area

North Carolina Firefighter Killed When Tanker Crashes

PHOTO: A young firefighter was killed late Tuesday afternoon in a crash involving a fire engine in rural Franklin County. It happened around 5:10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sykes Road, which is just south of Ruffin Collie Road -- northeast of Bunn. Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones told ABC11 that John Derek Gupton was driving the truck and was killed instantly when it flipped after failing to negotiate a curve in the road.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC Channel 1

Illinois town files lawsuit to allow fire privatization

The village of North Riverside filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court on Sept. 12, asking a judge to allow it to proceed with a plan to privatize its fire department in order to escape the "prospective devastating financial consequences" that would result from operating its full-time municipal fire department in the future.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Brookfield Landmark

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