Dedication to Duty

The SFD proudly serves the Town of Sterling, Massachusetts by providing fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention and emergency medical services for our community

The SFD is staffed 24 hours a day with a combination of full-time and call firefighters and EMT's We operate two paramedic level ambulances as well as two Engine Companies, a Ladder Company, and a Heavy Rescue Unit out of our headquarters at 5 Main Street in Sterling center.

In Addition to emergency services, the Sterling Fire Department manages fire code enforcement, emergency managerment and public fire safety education as a means to focus on prevention and preparedness.

Courage, Integrity, and Commitment to Serve.

Chief of Department
David C. Hurlbut, Jr.

To contact Chief Hurlbut, call 978-422-3040 or send email to

Divisions of the SFD:

Fire Prevention

Lt. Thomas Kokernak, Fire Prevention Officer. Contact: 978-422-8107 or

Emergency Medical Services

FF/EMT-P Erik Ares, EMS Coordinator. Contact: 978-422-6633 or

Emergency Management

FF/EMT-P Jim Emerton, Asst. Emergency Management Director. Contact: 978-422-8107 or

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Open Air Brush Burning
What you need to know

Open burning of brush is allowed from January 15 to May 1 providing it is renewed annually with the Fire Department. On the day you wish to burn you must activate your permit between 7am and 10AM by calling 978-422-8107 or online at provided that burning is being allowed that day. Once your permit is activated you can start your fire anytime after 10am but before 12 noon and it must be completely extinguished by 4pm. Burning must be conducted at the location where the trees or brush grew. The fire must always remain under control and remain small enough so that it can be easily extinquished at all times. Fires must be at least 75 feet from any building and a means to extinguish the fire must be readily available. This Permit is not valid for land clearing or lot clearing and does not release the permit holder from any liability, including payment of fire department costs in the event that control of the fire is lost.


Agriculture is defined as those practices involved with producing crops or raising livestock for commercial food purposes on an area larger than one acre. All of the regulations pertaining to regular Agricultural Burning is allowed year round and fires can be started 2 hours after sunrise. Agricultural Burning is limited to those activities associated with the normal pursuit of commercial agriculture and include but are not limited to fruit tree pruning, disease control of infected beehives, agricultural land clearing, disposal of fungus infected elmwood or dead raspberry stalks.

Contact Us

5 Main Street - P.O. Box 21
Sterling, MA 01564
Chief's Office: 978-422-3040
Fire Prevention: 978-422-8107
General Business: 978-422-3034
Fax: 978-422-7832