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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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South Carolina fire department mourns death of veteran firefighter

The Columbia Fire Department is mourning the death of one of their own when a 25-year-veteran firefighter died Sunday after falling ill earlier in July. Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said Firefighter Tyron Weston, 51, fell ill on July 3 and was on his way to recovery when he died Sunday morning. Jenkins said Weston has been a member of the Columbia Fire Department since August 1990.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the state

Cal Fire academy manager fights for his job

The battle ended Monday in a windowless State Personnel Board meeting room on Capitol Mall after 18 witnesses and six days of testimony. Whether former Cal Fire Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez wins back his job after all that depends on how effectively he put Director Ken Pimlott and department leaders on trial.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee

Dog's rescue from house fire caught on cam by Virginia firefighter

VIDEO: The ability to run into a blazing fire is a special skill. Now, we can see just what our local firefighters did to rescue two dogs from a Springfield Home engulfed in flames. One of the Fairfax County firefighters who made the rescued shared his helmet camera video. The home at 7707 Carrleigh Parkway was destroyed in a July 19th blaze that started in the evening when no one was home.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC

Report faults DC fire lieutenant in delayed response to choking child

A new report obtained first by FOX 5 blames a delayed response by D.C. Fire and EMS to a choking toddler on both technical errors and human mistakes. The 18-month-old boy went into cardiac arrest and later died after waiting more than eleven minutes for help to arrive. As FOX 5 first reported back in March, help was in a Tenleytown fire station just three blocks away, but was never put on the call.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV MyFox 5 DC

The way we pay for wildfires could be making them worse

As a frightening story in Monday's Washington Post shows, the American West is burning up. And the sad fact about wildfires is the more the West burns, the less money the federal government has to pay for it. In fact, the federal government hasn't had enough money to pay for fighting wildfires in at least a decade.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington post

North Carolina captain found dead inside fire station

A firefighter died Monday morning at a fire station in Stanly County. Officials said Capt. James Alan Hicks responded to a fire in Stanly County with the National Guard Fire Department Sunday night. He died at the fire station before his shift ended Monday. An official said an autopsy is pending, but believe he may have died from a heart attack.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Photo: Firefighter in shorts, tennis shoes battles fire in New York village

A volunteer fire department recently explained why a man, who was dressed in a T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, was helping during a large fire last weekend. They did not explain why he was allowed to do so without full PPE. Lake Placid News reported that the major structure fire consumed one downtown building and damaged another.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

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