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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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Minnesota firefighter suspended after flying Confederate flag in parade

The nation’s pitched and passionate debate over the display of the Confederate flag has found its voice in the northern state of Minnesota, where a firefighter flew the most enduring symbol of the Civil War South alongside Old Glory on a fire truck in a July 4th weekend parade in Albert Lea. The Confederate flag flew at the same height as the U.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star Tribune

Massachusetts fire chief falls 8 feet from deck fighting fire

Gardner Fire Chief Richard Ares, who was injured fighting the Templeton fire, was in stable condition Saturday morning at UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus in Worcester, according to a nursing supervisor. The chief suffered a concussion and a back injury, according to fire officials. The 59-year-old chief and an EMT from Templeton were hurt fighting the blaze at 165 North Main St.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Nebraska Supreme Court states fire department can be sued

More than five-and-a-half years ago, a woman in rural Adams County was driving past a place where corn mash had been spilled the day before. She lost control of her vehicle and was injured. Now, officials say a Nebraska Supreme Court decision concerning a resulting lawsuit could change the way emergency personnel and government officials respond to some calls.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Grand Island Independent

Son of ex-fire commish returns to FDNY despite racist and anti-Semitic tweets

The disgraced son of former FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano never should have been permitted to rejoin the department after his racist Twitter rant — and was only allowed to because of a “horrific double standard,” furious department sources said Friday. In what one senior FDNY official called “definitely a violation of standard protocol,” Cassano let his son, Joe, resign from his probationary position as an EMT in March 2013 after posting the offensive tweets, instead of being axed.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

California Fire Department Cracks Down on Illegal Fireworks by Going Undercover

The Fourth of July may be over, but the work continues for the Clovis and Fresno Fire Departments as they compile all the firework-related fires and crimes committed during the holiday weekend. Clovis Fire Chief Micheal Despain said he expected Sunday night to be just as busy because people may continue the Fourth of July celebration through the whole weekend.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Mayday called in Kentucky fire; 2 people killed, 5 taken to hospital

Two people were killed and five others were taken to a hospital - including a firefighter - after an apartment fire in Old Louisville Thursday morning. Fire Chief Greg Frederick said other people might still be inside the three-story building in the 1100 block of South Second Street. WAVE 3 News' Katherine Kington reported at 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Retired Oregon Fire Chief Oscar "Sox" Lee known for firefighter training, dies

Retired Beaverton Fire Chief Oscar "Sox" Lee, one of the people responsible for Oregon's modern day firefighting techniques, died June 24 at age 92. Sox, as his friends called him, understood the importance of training firefighters having spent decades as one, himself, said Brian Bay, who worked with Lee as a deputy state fire marshal.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

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