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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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Rhode Island firefighter loses hand but plans extraordinary comeback

Braden Leonard faced countless risks on the job as a Johnston firefighter, and off duty as an adrenaline junky whose idea of relaxing is racing a mountain bike through tree covered trails and down steep hills. But the 32 year old’s life changing brush with death came from something far more common and unexpected.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

4 New York EMS workers barred from duty after response to chokehold death

Four emergency-service workers who found a man unconscious on the sidewalk after a cop put him in a chokehold — and apparently did nothing to aid him — have been barred from going on any more ambulance calls pending a probe, officials said Sunday. A seven-minute video captured the last few minutes of diabetic dad Eric Garner’s life — and the apparent procedural lapses by two medics and two EMTs, sources told The Post.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

Connecticut fire district boss to council: firefighter layoffs 'border on criminal'

The lack of sufficient emergency response that will occur after the Poquonnock Bridge Fire District lays off nine firefighters "borders on the criminal," and the town or state needs to step in, the president of the Old Mystic Fire District board of directors has written to the Groton Town Council. Old Mystic Fire District President Carl A.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Washington man who became a firefighter in 1975 back on crew at age 70

When a wildfire raged near the Washington State Patrol offices south of Kennewick in 1975, it inspired one man, then 30, to become a firefighter. "I came and volunteered that night," said Bill Morrison. "I signed my name on the dotted line and was on a fire the next day." Now almost 71, twice retired from other jobs and away from firefighting for nearly 20 years, Morrison is back at his old post, Station 130 near the intersection of Canal Drive and Grant Street in Kennewick.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the news tribune

Hot air balloon slams into power lines causing explosion in Massachusetts

VIDEO: A hot air balloon named Raspberry Ripple sparked a terrifying explosion as it slammed into power lines in a Clinton neighborhood Saturday night, injuring three of the seven people on board. “All I heard was a loud, long buzzing noise and my lights flickered,” said Patricia Houck, who was home watching a movie at 7:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

28-Year Department Veteran Named New Indianapolis Fire Chief

A longtime member of the Indianapolis Fire Department has been tapped to lead the agency forward. Ernest Malone, who joined IFD as a firefighter in 1986 and has served as assistant chief since 2010, on Thursday was named the successor to Chief Brian Sanford. Malone will take over after a 30-day transition period, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Indianapolis star

Growing Washington wildfire destroys homes, empties town

A small north-central Washington town and a nearby hospital have been evacuated ahead of a wind-whipped wildfire that has already burned at least 35 homes, authorities said. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said late Thursday he's heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.The sheriff issued his highest evacuation notice Thursday for Pateros, a town of about 650 people along the Columbia River.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4

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