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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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Health problems are common among 9/11 emergency medical crews

Emergency medical service workers who went to Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 have suffered from an usually high number of health problems, a new study shows. Previous research has documented the health problems suffered by firefighters who worked at Ground Zero, but the new study is the first to examine the health consequences of the toxic dust and emotional stress on workers such as paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: usa today

Top Officers Clash At Last Meeting Of Connecticut Fire Task Force

Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas and Deputy Chief of Training Daniel Nolan sparred over their respective roles and expectations at Thursday's final meeting of a task force appointed to review the fire department's operations. Mayor Pedro Segarra formed the task force in December after incidents involving firefighters, both on duty and off, abusing alcohol or getting arrested.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

San Francisco firefighter collapses during training exercise

A San Francisco firefighter is in the hospital after a scary incident during training on Thursday morning. The unidentified veteran firefighter was at the city's Fire Training Facility on Treasure Island, a place that helps firefighters stay ready for all the situations they face. But just before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area

Angry NY firefighters: Officials ‘have no clue’ about dangers of battling wildfires in pine barrens

The two men driving the brush trucks that got stuck on dead trees in the Flanders brush fire Saturday are angry about the conditions on publicly-owned preserved lands in Flanders. But they’re even angrier about the statements made by government officials responsible for those conditions in the days following the small wildfire that burned 10 acres of woodlands.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: riverhead local

Old firefighting gear gets new life thanks to Florida nonprofit

Peter Alcorn believes in recycling, and not just household plastics and newspapers. Alcorn recycles bunker gear used by firefighters — those heavy, flame-protecting, high-tech yellow jackets and pants — along with boots, hoses and harnesses. And he is doing it creatively and for a cause. With assistant Josh Jost, they cut up the nearly indestructible gear and refashion it into tote bags, bosun's bags, duffle bags, wallets, oven mitts, toilet kits, key chains and more.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: gainesville sun

'Pure greed' led to deadly California wildfire helicopter crash, feds say

The vice president of a defunct Grants Pass helicopter company was motivated by "pure greed" to lie about the carrying capacities of the firms' helicopters, including an overloaded one that crashed at a Northern California fire in 2008, killing nine people, including two Ashland firefighters, prosecutors say.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Tidings

Maryland mayor: Fire service to stop at city limits

July 1. Three days before the fourth of July, county officials now have a firm deadline as to when to come to a new fire and emergency services agreement with the city after Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton set the date for the so-called "nuclear option" at a Wednesday meeting. While perhaps not quite as devastating as its namesake, Ireton's announcement means that on July 1, with no new agreement with county officials, anyone with a Salisbury zip code that doesn't pay city taxes will no longer first be served by Salisbury fire departments or emergency personnel.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: delmarvanow

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