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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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New Salt Lake fire chief caught in political crossfire of mayoral race

Salt Lake City mayoral candidate and City Council Chairman Luke Garrott took a jab at Mayor Ralph Becker on Tuesday regarding his appointment of a new fire chief. While the other five council members voted to approve the mayor's appointment of Brian Dale, who served as deputy chief under former Chief Kurt Cook, Garrott voted "no.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Deseret News

Reno, Washoe County will 'date' before merging fire departments in Nevada

Three years after the fire divorce it appears the city of Reno and Washoe County are going to "date" for awhile before deciding whether to re-merge their fire agencies. At a joint meeting Tuesday, the Reno City Council and the Washoe County Commission each voted unanimously to develop an automatic aid agreement that would allow for the nearest fire engine to be immediately dispatched to a blaze regardless of jurisdiction.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: reno gazette-journal

New Mexico fire chief reports that border patrol agents tried to halt ambulance

One of the complaints fielded by the ACLU about Border Patrol checkpoints comes from the Columbus fire chief. Chief Ken Riley reported that Border Patrol agents have tailed or tried to stop his ambulance when he skirts the checkpoint on N.M. 11 toward Deming during an emergency transport, allegedly endangering patients in need of critical care.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABQJournal Online

This is what could happen if you park in front of a fire hydrant in New Jersey

PHOTO: It's 4:17 a.m. and four fire fighters need to make snap decisions. A vacant house along Sherwood Terrace is on fire, but occupants may be inside, neighbors relayed. The fire hydrant that first responders need to hook their hose up to is blocked by a parked vehicle. What do you do? "We exhausted the alternatives," Pennsauken fire Chief Jospeh Palumbo said of finding a water source during the "critical time period" when the first crews on scene arrive and get to work.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Jersey Times

Man arrested in connection with massive downtown Los Angeles arson fire

A suspect was behind bars Wednesday in connection with a massive arson fire that destroyed an under-construction, seven-story apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles and burned so intensely it melted nearby freeway signs and damaged neighboring buildings. Dawud Abdulwali, 56, of Los Angeles, was arrested Tuesday by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Anti-Terrorism Division in connection with the Dec.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles daily news

Oklahoma fire chief releases new details in flood-related death of Capt. Jason Farley

Less than a day after personnel from more than 100 agencies and thousands of community members lined the streets to pay their respects to the family of Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley, one of the firefighters who tried to save him was readmitted to the hospital. Lt. Zane James had been released Monday in time to join the evening procession with Farley’s family from Tulsa International Airport to outside Verdigris High School.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tulsa World

Three Found Dead in Home Owned by Washington Fire Lieutenant

Three people were found dead Tuesday in a fire that consumed part of a Deer Park-area house owned by a lieutenant in the Spokane Fire Department. Fire officials were unable to contact Lt. Terrance Barnett-Canfield after the early-morning blaze at 20 E. Chattaroy Road southeast of Deer Park, and two of the victims were burned so badly that visual identification was not possible, Assistant Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said in an email to fire department staff.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: spokesman review

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