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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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Harvey Eisner, Editor Emeritus of Firehouse, Dies

Harvey Eisner, editor emeritus of Firehouse, passed away last night from complications from diabetes. Eisner started his career at Firehouse in 1976 as a photographer and worked his way up to editor in chief in 1982. He was program director for Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and Firehouse Central. Harvey started as a photographer Firehouse magazine in 1976 working his way up the ladder to become editor in 1982.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fire engineering

North Carolina firefighters question dual positions of chief

A local fire chief faces a slew of allegations from his fellow firefighters. According to complaints made by firefighters at the Claremont Fire Department, Fire Chief Bart Travis is employed full time for the city of Claremont as fire chief and as a captain with the city of Raleigh Fire Department. Michael Hathaway, chairman of the CFD’s Risk Assessment and Membership Committee, said about 12 to 15 complaints have been registered with the committee in the past 90 days regarding Travis.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hickory record

Four FDNY workers disinfected after transporting doctor with Ebola to hospital

It was all in a day’s work. Four FDNY employees who took the doctor with Ebola to Bellevue Hospital were decontaminated as soon as they dropped the patient off, a union official said. Special units met the two ambulances and four workers when they arrived at the hospital, said Israel Miranda, president of the union for city EMTs and paramedics.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Los Angeles Fire Department response times slow, data show

Waits for 911 medical help in Los Angeles increased slightly this year, signaling no measurable progress on Mayor Eric Garcetti's campaign pledge to speed up Fire Department responses to emergencies, according to city statistics released Thursday.Garcetti presented the new figures at a news conference in which he and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas praised LAFD efforts to overhaul how the agency gauges its performance.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

Pennsylvania fire company, opposed to a merger, dropped from emergency calls

A volunteer Columbia fire company that refused to work toward a merger of three companies is no longer being dispatched. Borough council had set a Tuesday deadline for Consolidated fire company to sign an agreement to work toward an April 2015 merger with Columbia No. 1 and Susquehanna fire companies.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: lancaster online

Texas Firefighters' Union to Sue to Block Pension Cuts

The president of the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters said Tuesday night that the group plans to move forward with a lawsuit against the city over the benefit reductions that the City Council approved by a 6-3 vote. “When these pension changes go into effect, it will be a taking. We will be joining the police officers in that federal suit,” said Jim Tate, the association’s president.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fort worth star-telegram

Three people killed in crash with West Virginia fire truck

Authorities responded Tuesday to a fatal two-vehicle collision in Barbour County. It happened at approximately 8:55 p.m. Tuesday on Route 250 just past 4H Camp Road heading towards Belington. A Philippi fire engine, which was driving to a structure fire, collided with a 2010 Honda CR-V, which was pulling onto U.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg

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