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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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Official reports: Dallas commanders’ decisions, confusion led to firefighter’s death

Tactical errors by commanders and miscommunication led to the death of a Dallas firefighter last year in a six-alarm blaze, according to a pair of official investigations released Thursday. The state fire marshal and Dallas Fire-Rescue line-of-duty death investigations detail the spread of the fire, confusion among commanders and decisions leading up to the death of Stanley Wilson on May 20, 2013.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Former South Dakota division chief charged with hacking documents

A former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue division chief is facing felony computer hacking charges for accessing internal fire department documents, including emails involving the president of the local firefighters union. Patrick Eugene Warren, 47, is charged with 10 felony and five misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a computer for offenses between Jan.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Massive Northern California fire outrunning firefighters

In a summer of destructive blazes across Central and Northern California, the King fire — burning out of control in the forest east of Sacramento — has officials particularly alarmed. The fire exploded in a matter of hours into the second-largest in California this year, forcing the closure of Highway 50 and moving north toward Tahoe National Forest.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Florida Fire Dept. finds $2.3 million; 3 fire stations rescued

A miscalculation of revenue coming to the city from rescue unit transports appears to be enough to reverse plans by Jacksonville City Council to close three fire stations and lay off firefighters. Each time a Jacksonville Fire-Rescue unit transports a patient, the patient or insurance company is billed.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

YIKES! Crash leaves flatbed semi dangling over Oregon bridge

PHOTO: A truck pulling a flatbed semi loaded with lumber crashed through a guardrail and went over a bridge railing, leaving the truck and trailer partially hanging off the bridge over the Umpqua River near Reedsport, Ore., KPTV in Portland reported Thursday. State police said the crash happened on Highway 38 at the Scottsburg Bridge around 8:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Hacker stole FDNY firefighters’ pay, rerouted it to Russia

A hacker stole the paychecks from four FDNY firefighters by breaking into a computer at their engine company, stealing their passwords — and then routing the dough to Russia, sources said on Wednesday. The firefighters, from Staten Island’s Engine Co. 167, discovered that their paychecks hadn’t been direct-deposited into their bank accounts about three weeks ago, the sources said.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

California firefighters to join SWAT as paramedics

A selected number of Vallejo firefighters soon will be in the middle of the action along with the SWAT Team members under a new program. Under an agreement entered by both Vallejo Fire and Police departments at the beginning of the month, four Vallejo firefighters and a coordinator will receive special training to be part of the Vallejo-Benicia SWAT Team as Tactical Emergency Medical Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald

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