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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.


DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

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


BEAT THE BEEP: REPLACE AGING CO ALARMS – THEY DON'T LAST FOREVER

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.

 

STERLING LAUNCHES CODE RED NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

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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TODAYS NEWS :

Western Governors' Association calls to end "wildfire borrowing"

The Western Governors' Association in a letter last week urged U.S. Senate and congressional leadership, and President Barack Obama, to increase federal wildfire budgets so agencies can stop using fire prevention funds for fire suppression. The association said the U.S. Forest Service is again on pace to utilize prevention funds for suppression — known as "fire borrowing" — in a season where Oregon, California and Washington have seen millions of acres of forestland burn.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post

Texas firefighter stabbed while trying to douse blaze

A firefighter was stabbed Tuesday night while attempting to put out a fire in front of a Yorktown home. The fire department responded to a report of a truck on fire about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, said Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos. But when firefighters arrived, they discovered a man burning brush, a couch and a city-issued trash bin in front of his home in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Victoria Advocate

California's Junction fire: Aerial battle involved jet and about 75,000 gallons of retardant

One of the key ways the Junction fire was fought was from the air. On Monday, aerial firefighting crews dropped about 75,000 gallons of retardant on the blaze, including Tanker 911, a converted McDonnell Douglas DC-10 that can drop about 12,000 gallons of water or chemicals in one pass. Kenneth Perkins, the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee

AMR, Vegas Fire Department reach deal over patient transport policy

Las Vegas’ dual response system for emergency ambulances is dying. A 911 call for a medical emergency will no longer receive a response from both the Las Vegas Fire Department and American Medical Response. One or the other will be dispatched, not both. After more than a month’s negotiations between the department and AMR, each side gave a little for this proposed contract, which is expected to be signed and presented to the council at its Sept.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Las Vegas Review Journal

Controversial hiring preference not the only thing irking Chicago firefighters

A controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates is not the only thing that has angered union leaders about the December firefighters entrance exam that will be the city’s first in nearly a decade. So has a requirement that, although 18-year-olds are now permitted to take the exam, they must first produce a high school diploma or GED.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: politics.suntimes.com

Barred Pennsylvania firefighter turns up in gear at blaze, spurs investigation

The Mt. Oliver Fire Department will review surveillance video from its fire station to try to determine how a former firefighter, barred for life from joining a department because of arson convictions, showed up to fight a house fire. Francis Kestner Jr., the son of fire Chief Francis Kestner, wore Mt.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: triblive.com

Floods lead to dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state. A helicopter crew rescued two women and three dogs from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters in a town about 30 miles north of Phoenix, while elsewhere a small trailer park was evacuated, a school was flooded and first-responders pulled motorists from partially submerged vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Azfamily.com


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