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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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Patrol boat still in center of Connecticut police, fire tug-of-war

Technically speaking, Greenwich's newest patrol boat is called a CBRNE vessel. It stands for a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear- and explosive-detecting multifunctional watercraft. Because of its hybrid nature, the state-of-the-art boat, paid for by a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is continuing to be the reason a tug-of-war about how it will be operated and by whom -- with the Fire Department recently renewing its case for greater access to the craft.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: greenwich time

Discipline likely in Philadelphia Fire Department sex scandal

A fiery sex scandal threatens to burn up multiple firefighters' careers, including some top brass, according to former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Ayers told the Daily News yesterday that the investigation into a young paramedic's claims of sexual misconduct began shortly before Ayers retired in June.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: philadelphia daily news

Colorado fire board axes another chief

Eagle’s fire district board fired its second chief in three years, and this one infuriated volunteer firefighters so much that three resigned on the spot and several others said they’d be gone by the end of the week. While several of now-former chief John Patterson’s supporters spoke on his behalf, refuting some of the board’s accusations, none of Patterson’s detractors showed their faces at Monday’s meeting.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: vail daily

Firehouse World: A West Coast Versus East Coast Debate

It was East Coast versus the West Coast as two experienced and well respected battalion fire chiefs squared off for a Firehouse World moderated discussion entitled “Tactics & Training for the Modern Fire Ground.” John Salka, battalion chief FDNY retired and Derek Alkonis, battalion chief County of Los Angeles Fire Department participated in session moderated by Tim Sendelbach, editor in chief of “Firehouse” and Firehouse World director.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

New Jersey fire director denied veteran firefighter transfer because he is white, ruling says

An arbitrator has ruled that Fire Director James Stewart overruled a veteran battalion chief’s transfer to the city’s arson investigation unit last year because he is white. The decision, signed by labor arbitrator Robert E. Light on Saturday, found that “no other explanation appears plausible” as to why 30-year veteran Arthur Mauriello’s was not allowed to join the unit.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

Helmet cam captures California firefighters rescuing three children

Four Fresno firefighters are being hailed heroes for saving three young children. Newly released dramatic video takes you inside the rescue. Firefighters found the three young children on Sunday in a Southwest Fresno apartment without their mother. Those three children are still in critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Iowa Council suspends most members of fire department

All members of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department save one were suspended by the Shelby City Council Monday due to a dispute over funds the department raises. Fire Chief Eric Wendt said he was the only member of the 12-person department not suspended. Without any active firefighters, the city will rely on Minden and Avoca to respond to any emergencies via a mutual aid agreement.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nonpareilonline

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