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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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No breath, no pulse - but Minnesota fire crews revive patient

He wasn't breathing, and he had no pulse. The man had collapsed Sunday on a sidewalk outside the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul, and police and firefighters who rushed to his aid tried to save him. CPR didn't work. Neither did the Heimlich maneuver. Nor did a defibrillator. So the rescue workers turned to a staple of TV medical dramas: They cut open his throat to get air into his blocked windpipe.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Twin

CalFire chief seeks to change discipline after scandal

Two captains demoted after a scandal at California's firefighting training academy were restored to their previous rank within a month, prompting the agency's chief to say Monday that he will try to demote them again. Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott also said he was working with the state's personnel department to develop better training after learning that the disciplinary reports filed against the two captains inadvertently allowed for the rapid reinstatements.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee

Florida commissioner calls out firefighters for going to grocery store

A Seminole County commissioner is calling out firefighters over a grocery run. Commissioner Brenda Carey texted a complaint to firefighters for going to a Winn-Dixie less than a mile from their fire station on Lake Mary Boulevard while they were on the clock. One firefighter who asked to remain anonymous told Channel 9's Tim Barber that cooking on the clock during a 24-hour shift is part of the job.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando

Police, Fire and Paramedic Chiefs Welcome Government of Canada Action on Improving Public Safety Communications

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) joined together to express their support for the Government of Canada’s announcement that a full 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum will be designated for public safety broadband use, and that $3 million will be provided to take initial steps to establish a Public Safety Broadband Network for responders and public safety partners.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs

Pennsylvania does not require volunteer firefighters to be trained

Action News Investigates has learned Pennsylvania does not require any training for volunteer firefighters. But just over the state line, West Virginia requires 120 hours of training before a firefighter can set foot on a fire truck. Firefighters say that makes them better prepared to protect the public and themselves.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh

Tennessee firefighter dies after being struck by tree at vehicle fire

A Madison County firefighter died early this morning after a tree fell during a vehicle fire, according to the Madison County Fire Department. Fire department crews responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 18 and Medon-Malesus Road. During the fire, a tree broke and fell on top of firefighter Chris Blankenship, trapping him underneath the tree, according to a news release from Madison County Fire Chief Eric Turner.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: jackson sun

New video warns Boston firefighters of cancer dangers

As a camera pans, three Boston firefighters sit in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades. Their colleagues did not perish in a rampaging fire or in a sundered building. They all succumbed to cancer. Their stories were on full display during a screening last week of a new, emotional video on the toll cancer has exacted on Boston’s firefighting force.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston globe

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