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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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Austin Fire Department sees gains in proportion of women in ranks

Before Rhoda Mae Kerr joined the Austin Fire Department in February 2009, becoming the city’s first female fire chief, about 50 women were already in the ranks. Six years later, nearly 70 women wear a uniform, according to data from the department. The number of female lieutenants has tripled from three to nine, and other promotions have padded the number of female fire specialists, the rank above firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman

Pennsylvania paramedic killed when struck by coal truck at crash scene

The flag was flying at half-staff Monday afternoon and a black sash hung from the West End Ambulance Service building in Johnstown. It was in remembrance of 38-year-old paramedic Janice Livingston, who was killed earlier in the day when she was struck by a coal truck while assisting at an accident scene in Upper Yoder Township.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

Georgia firefighters transform used vehicles into fire trucks

Peach County firefighters have a reputation for building their own fire stations, likely saving the county thousands of dollars in construction costs. But what may not be as well known is that the firefighters also take used vehicles and transform them into fire trucks. “We get donations from the U.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: macon telegraph

Cal Fire scandal widens to prostitution, unwanted sexual advances

A Cal Fire assistant chief is accused of hooking up with prostitutes on his state cellphone and then taking a state vehicle to meet them, according to new records released to The Sacramento Bee. Another firefighter was fired after claims of making graphic, unwanted sexual advances toward a woman at a bar and lying about it, according to the documents.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee

Crisis looms for central Maine volunteer fire departments

Only four firefighters on the China Village Fire Department are trained to enter a burning building. The department needs at least six to launch an interior attack to put out a fire. When Fire Chief Tim Theriault looks at his roster of 22 volunteers, he sees only four under the age of 50; he had 15 or more volunteers under age 50 a decade ago.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: central maine

Retired Seattle chief selected to lead D.C.’s embattled fire department

Gregory Dean, who led the Seattle Fire Department for a decade, will be named by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday morning as the District’s new chief, two officials in the mayor’s administration said. Dean was known for improving his department’s performance in cardiac care. Seattle has a department similar in structure to the District’s, with the chief responsible for both firefighting and emergency medical services.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington post

Sacramento Metro reduces firefighter pay following budget concerns

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District has reduced firefighter pay, responding to concerns that its personnel costs were causing budget shortfalls. Metro Fire firefighters earned an average of $122,700 in pay, overtime, incentives and vacation cash-outs on retirement in 2013, down 11 percent from 2010, after adjusting for inflation, according to a Bee analysis of new data from the State Controller’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee

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