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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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Federal Government Finds Funds to Give Firefighters High-Speed Internet Everywhere

The federal government has raised more than enough money to build a nationwide communications network for first responders. The network will help police, firefighters, and other public-safety officials from different agencies communicate with each other during emergencies. It is intended to handle high-speed data, so officials should be able to send photos and videos to each other, helping them coordinate their responses.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: national journal

Longtime New Jersey firefighter dies after responding to fire

Arthur E. “Art” Treon, whose name was synonymous with fire fighting and emergency management in the township, county, and state, died Wednesday night after leaving the scene of a fatal fire in North Wildwood. Town Bank Fire Chief Lou McGonigal, a longtime friend, said Treon had gone to Tuesday night’s fire at 212 W.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cape May Gazette

Washington fire chief opens up about school shooting tragedy

It wasn't emergency calls that first rattled Greg Corn. It was his grandson on the line telling him about the shooting. "He called me to ask me if I could pick him up at the back of the school," Corn said. "He had run away from the school." Weeks after the pain of the deaths from the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the town's fire chief can reflect and understand how the personal and professional worlds collided.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4

Couple in Midway crash thank Chicago firefighters for going 'above and beyond their job'

A wedding album. Cookbooks. A favorite baking pan. The elderly couple who survived a plane crashing into their home near Midway Airport say they are "forever grateful" to the firefighters who not only came to their aid this week but went out of their way to save pieces of their lives that were dear to them.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Trial of 3 accused of assault at Seattle firefighters memorial begins

A man who was allegedly assaulted by two former Seattle firefighters and a woman as he sat on a memorial to fallen firefighters in March said he was shocked when he came under attack. Simon McDonald, 33, of Tacoma, told jurors Thursday he was wrapped in a blanket, eating a donated dinner while sprawling under a portion of the Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, when he heard the angry voices of the defendants.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: seattle times

Testimony: Pennsylvania fire chief knocked out of his turnout coat at accident

For the first time in three days of testimony in Matthew Scott Diehl's murder trial, a commonwealth witness said what the prosecution has been implying. Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Eric Campbell, an accident reconstructionist, said Wednesday he believed that Loganville Fire Chief Rodney Paul Miller's firefighter's turnout coat was ripped from his body when Diehl drove into him on Interstate 83 on April 27, 2013.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: york daily record

New California chief has plenty of fires left to put out at embattled fire authority

What was supposed to be a temporary job became permanent for the Orange County Fire Authority’s new chief, but Jeff Bowman said he doesn’t expect to stay at the helm for long. “If I do this job right, I think it will be (short term),” said Bowman, 62. Reform is the plan for Bowman, a former chief of the Anaheim and San Diego fire departments who cut short his retirement to return as interim chief of the OCFA in August.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: orange county register

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