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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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Kansas firefighter dies after responding to grass fire

Caney Volunteer Firefighter Cliff Sanders, 55, died early Thursday after having collapsed at the Caney Fire Station while responding to a fire page for a grass fire Wednesday afternoon.Sanders was first transported to a hospital in Tulsa where he died several hours later.According to Caney Fire Department spokesperson Billy Kolb, this is the first line of duty death for the Caney Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOKI-TV Fox 23

Ohio fire chief to retire, leaving diminished fire department 'more stressed'

In anticipation of Fire Chief Rob Ross' retirement, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced Thursday that Deputy Chief Edward Hiltbrand would become the city's fire chief. The mayor plans to promote Ross, who has served 29 years in the department, to deputy mayor of public safety, a cabinet position that has not been filled for four years.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Was Philadelphia paramedic in scandal the perfect prey?

It seems a darker story lurks beneath the salacious headlines about the sex scandal that's consuming the Philadelphia Fire Department. The woman paramedic at the center of the controversy - which threatens to tarnish the careers of at least a dozen firefighters, paramedics and top brass - is a mentally troubled young woman who was preyed upon by those who should have protected her, according to numerous sources who asked not to be named because of an ongoing investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: philly.com

9 keys to a competitive SAFER grant

The Department of Homeland Security through FEMA announced that the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant application period will begin on February 9 and remain open until 5 p.m. March 6. This application period is actually for the 2014 SAFER grant, which is funded at $340 million. The SAFER grant program provides funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters to assist them in increasing the number of firefighters that are available to help fire departments meet industry minimum standards.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Former Maryland chief charged with impersonating an officer at blaze

Deputy state fire marshals charged 41-year-old Richard Donald Francisco II, of White Plains on Friday with impersonating a member of an emergency squad earlier this month during an apartment fire Jan. 3. According to charging documents, Francisco falsely represented himself as a member of Prince George’s County’s Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: southern maryland newspapers online

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

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