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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 states CO Law (Nicoles 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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Detroit firefighter hurt after jumping 40 feet from ladder truck bucket

A firefighter was injured Wednesday morning after he jumped about 40 feet from a fire ladder truck bucket when a building partially collapsed. Fire crews were battling the commercial building blaze near Harper and Hastings at the vacant Fisher Auto Plant when a section of the structure went down, according to the Detroit Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the detroit news

Texas man's guilty plea to 1986 arson murder of sons ends long fight over fire science

A Waco area man admitted Tuesday to setting a backyard fire that killed his two young stepsons a quarter-century ago, bringing a surprising end to a long fight over whether faulty fire science had wrongfully imprisoned him. Ed Graf pleaded guilty to two counts of murder even as a jury in Waco was deliberating during his retrial.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the dallas morning news

Massachusetts firefighter’s grief: ‘Worst we could face’

Ray Kenyon Jr. never had a doubt about what he wanted to do with his life. A fourth-generation Lawrence firefighter, his heart’s desire was always to follow in his forebears’ footsteps. “I’d see my dad come home with burns, injuries, a messed-up ankle,” Kenyan recalled yesterday morning. “It never deterred me.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Attack hose falls off Ohio firetruck strikes bicyclist and cars

One person was hurt when a Toledo Fire truck lost a hose while driving on an emergency run. The 150 foot attack hose somehow became loose and struck three cars and a bicyclist 4:30pm on Hawley near Indiana. Fire officials say Engine 9 was rushing to a house fire with its lights and sirens on when the hose became loose and trailed behind.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV 13abc Toledo

Column: Current PPE not ready for Ebola threat

Ebola is potentially a much more deadly disease than some of the global epidemics we have faced before. Certainly, the hope is that our medical and response infrastructure will contain what should be a small number of exposures and resulting confirmed instances of the disease in our country. Yet, the news coming out of the global health surveillance is that this situation is a possible disaster that could get worse before it gets better, requiring extreme vigilance and preparedness.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Missouri Fire Chief Killed in Accident on Way to Fire

An Alton police officer who is also a firefighter died after a crash on Monday. Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, was on his way to a house fire six miles west of Alton when he lost control, went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach, and rolled his police cruiser several times. He was ejected from the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTV-TV NBC 3 Springfield

Man's previous DUI admissible at trial in LODD death of Pennsylvania fire chief

Matthew Diehl's attorneys argued against the admissibility of his two prior DUI convictions at his November trial for the DUI-related death of Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Miller, but at a hearing Monday, York County Judge Richard K. Renn barred only one conviction from trial. Diehl, 33, of Shrewsbury, is to go to trial on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Daily Record

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