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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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Dallas Mayor: EMS Crew And Ambulance Used In Ebola Case Isolated

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed that an EMS crew – and ambulance – that transported a patient now confirmed to have the Ebola virus in Dallas has been isolated. “We have quarantined both them and the unit itself to make sure that nothing was there that can be spread and we’re going about our protocol about how to do that,” said the mayor.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT CBS dallas fort worth

Pennsylvania town council votes to withhold funding from fire department

With no representatives of the township fire department attending a special meeting Tuesday night with council and the mayor, council voted to cut all funding to the department until further notice. The township advertised the special meeting to discuss the future of the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department in the wake of its fire chief, John Yuknavich, pleading guilty to federal theft charges last Thursday and agreeing to make restitution of $45,000 and resign as fire chief within 10 days.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: times leader

Tragedy of 1964 Boston toy factory fire still resonates

When Boston firefighters pulled up to a vacant toy factory that had caught fire in the South End, flames were threatening to consume the building. It was 12:31 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1964, and firefighters preparing to combat the blaze on Trumbull Street were “riveted to the glow of fire in the sky,” according to a report by Boston Fire Chief William A.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston globe

Judge: Rhode Island program for firefighters’ checkups at hospital is illegal

The town cannot follow through on a new program that would require all firefighters to receive an annual medical evaluation at Fatima Hospital under a Superior Court decision issued by Judge Luis M. Matos. Matos ruled that Rhode Island law clearly requires firefighters to receive an annual medical evaluation, but the “mechanism by which the physicals are to occur is not as clearly defined.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: providence journal

New York mayor says move away from fire-based EMS ends high OT costs

The city’s controversial decision to do away with the Fire Department’s ambulance service and reduce the minimum personnel on each fire shift from nine to six coincided with an immediate end to high overtime costs. “It made a huge impact,” said Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey, who attributed that to the ambulance abolition.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: buffalo news

Houston Arson Investigator Put on Leave for Facebook Post

A veteran arson investigator with the Houston Fire Department apparently violated the municipal social media policy by posting "hate speech" directed at Muslims on his personal Facebook page, the city's top lawyer said. Bryon Miller, 45, an employee since 1990 and an arson investigator since 2002, has been placed on paid desk duty pending completion of an internal affairs investigation.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Wooden Bridge Collapse Sends Kentucky Firetruck into Creek

PHOTO: A wooden bridge collapsed early Monday morning as firefighters were driving a fire truck over it, sending the truck into a creek. It happened about 3 a.m. on Pigeon Roost near Warfield. Warfield Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Alex Alley was driving the truck. "I never thought when I started to cross that bridge, that I wasn't gonna make it," Alley said.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3

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