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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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New Orleans fire captain dies of illness during training in New Mexico

A 13-year veteran New Orleans Fire Department captain died Sunday (Oct. 26) while training in New Mexico, according to a department release. Capt. Troy Magee fell ill while taking part in a training course in Albuquerque, the release states. It does not state the nature of the course, or his illness.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune

At least four dead after plane crashes into building at Kansas airport

VIDEO: Officials say at least four people are now dead and four are missing after a small plane reported losing engine power and crashed into the two-story FlightSafety International building at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. The crash happened around 9:50 a.m. Thursday. It sent up huge plumes of black smoke which could be seen for miles around the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSN-TV News 3

Breathing Apparatus A Focus Of Probe Into Connecticut Firefighter's Death

Investigators working to determine how Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell died in a house fire last month have turned some of their attention to his breathing apparatus, examining whether it was working properly and whether his air tank was full when he entered the burning building, sources said. Bell died while fighting a fire inside a Blue Hills Avenue home on Oct.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

Report: Kentucky firefighter made direct contact with high-voltage line during Ice Bucket Challenge

A firefighter who died after being jolted with electricity from a high-voltage line in Campbellsville in August made direct contact with the line, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kentucky Public Service Commission. Tony Grider, a captain with Campbellsville Fire & Rescue, was critically burned; he died from his injuries a month after the accident.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: lexington herald-leader

New Detroit 'mindset' should minimize Angels' Night arson fires, commissioner says

Detroit is a much different place than in the late-1970s and early-1980s when Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins first began battling blazes within the city. It's a good change, he says. Appointed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in April and entering his first Angels' Night at the helm of the Detroit Fire Department, Jenkins is hoping the city maintains the relatively low number of arson fires reported the last several years.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Los Angeles County fire chief vows to overhaul hiring procedures

The Los Angeles County fire chief Wednesday said he will overhaul the agency's hiring procedures in response to a Times investigation that found that a large percentage of firefighters given jobs have family ties to the department. Chief Daryl Osby said the reforms were needed to protect the agency's "core values" and guard against nepotism and cheating in hiring.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

Washington fire official defends choice of hospital for shooting victims

Four students critically wounded in Friday’s shootings at Marysville-Pilchuck High School were taken by ambulance to an Everett hospital rather than by helicopter to the state’s premier trauma center in Seattle because it was the best treatment option, according to Marysville Fire District Chief Greg Corn.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: seattle times

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