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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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New York fire chief : 'Happy Birthday Jesus' sign will not be taken down

Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks has received numerous letters this year from a national organization called The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization founded in Wisconsin in 1978 to keep religion and government separate. Each of the letters asks Chief Brooks to take down a sign that sits outside Firehouse No.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKTV-TV NBC Utica

New Jersey firefighter brought 'large gasoline bomb' into city, prosecutor says

In the days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey in 2012, with power outages and a fuel shortage gripping the state, people and cars lined up outside a gas station in East Orange. Around the corner from that station, city firefighter Marc Jackson parked his pickup truck with roughly 290 gallons of gasoline in containers in the back of the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger

Ohio town may promote firefighters for first time based on training, senority

Akron may soon promote firefighters for the first time based on seniority and training, rather than a test. A court-appointed monitor Monday approved an agreement between the city and the fire union to use a different promotional method to help address a severely depleted rank structure. Attorney David Cohen’s decision means that promotions could be made within 60 days.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: akron beacon journal

Florida fire captain resigns after 911 call about Thanksgiving sex in department SUV

A veteran Nassau County Fire-Rescue Department captain resigned after an investigation revealed he had sex in a county vehicle while on duty early Thanksgiving Day, according to County Manager Ted Selby. When he was faced with being fired, Bryan Edwards officially resigned Dec. 5. during a meeting with Selby.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Florida Times-Union

6 Kentucky firefighters injured after fire truck hits tree

A fire truck crash in Anderson County injured six firefighters Tuesday night, according to the fire department. Investigators said the fire truck was headed to a car crash on Puckett Road, when it crashed. An eyewitness told ABC 36 News that he saw the fire truck run off the road, hit a tree, which caused part of the truck to cave-in.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVQ-TV Lexington

Ruling goes against Las Vegas fire recruits in cheating scandal

Las Vegas won’t have to reinstate all 12 rookie firefighters accused of cheating on an exam in 2013, at least not yet. The Nevada Employee Management Relations Board on Tuesday found the city was within its rights to dismiss the dozen trainees who were investigated for “irregularities” uncovered during a hazardous materials test in January.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: las vegas review-journal

New Leader at Connecticut Fire Dept. Promises Return to Order, Respect, Stability

The new leader of the Eighth Utilities District fire department says he is working to build respect, stability and order in an agency jolted by accusations, arrests and in-fighting for the past several years. "I like structure," Acting Fire Chief Don Moore said in a recent interview. "Right now, there is very limited structure as far as people following the rules and regulations.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

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