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The Sterling Volunteer Fire Department serves approximately 3800 residents in the Town of Sterling, which is located in northeastern Connecticut on the Rhode Island border. The company was founded on September 11, 1942 and has been in continuous existence since then. We protect an area that includes a mix of residential, industrial and agricultural uses operating four pieces of apparatus out of one station. Currently we respond to approximately 200 calls a year, the majority of which are for emergency medical assistance. The bulk of our operating funds is provided by a fire district imposed tax on the residents and is supplemented by our own fund raising efforts.
Our active roster is limited to twenty-five members and we are always looking for new members. We encourage any resident who might be interested in joining to visit with us to learn what we have to offer and expect in return. There are no gender or age barriers to membership. There are many jobs that must be done at an emergency scene and most everyone can contribute in some way.
Department Patches: Whether you are a patch collector or the member of a fellow department. We would be happy to send you a Sterling Fire Department Patch. If you do belong to an organization that has a department patch please send us one of yours for our collection. Just send us your contact information and mailing address and we will get one out to you (See patch above).
Since being founded on September 11, 1942 the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. has served the citizens of the town of Sterling in an expanding role. Beginning with just one truck and a borrowed station the succeeding years have seen the company outgrow two stations and increase it’s fleet to four trucks. With volunteer labor and raised and donated funds the members constructed two stations, one in 1952 and the other in 1964. Each was outgrown as the fleet expanded. The present station, built in 1988 as an addition to the station completed in 1964, now houses four trucks and has drive through capability.
The company’s evolution from a single mission fire company to a multi mission emergency service organization parallels that of many other fire companies. From a start of just putting out fires the company now responds to most every conceivable emergency situation. This can run the gamut from flooded cellars and downed power lines to storm damage assessment. In 1975 the company took on the responsibility of responding to medical emergencies on a first responder basis. Since that time medical emergencies have come to comprise about 75% of call volume. To support this vital and expanding mission many members have trained to become EMT’s and EMR’s.
In late 1964 the members came to realize that it was no longer possible to equip, insure and operate a fire company solely on donations and fund raisers. An equitable and adequate means of funding had to be found. Thus the Sterling Fire District was formed. With the authority to levy a property tax on the residents the members were no longer required to devote many hours to fund raising activities. The Sterling Fire District has continued ever since and today, with a minor tax levy, supports the operation of not only the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company but it’s sister company also, the Oneco Volunteer Fire Company.
Our membership is comprised of up to 25 members to include 7 officers. Listed below are the current officers and members.
The Sterling Fire Department is continually looking for new members. Whether you want to be on the front lines delivering fire protection and emergency medical care or providing the support services required to operate a fire department there is a position waiting for you!
We are looking for men and women 18 years of age, in good physical condition, have a valid driver's license, must be a resident of Sterling, CT and available to donate at least three hours per week for training, fire and emergency Medical responses. Volunteers receive on-going, comprehensive training in all aspects of fire suppression and prevention. Currently drills (training for active, probationary and junior members) are held on every Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. Fire company meetings are conducted every 1st Monday of the month and is open to all members.
JUNIOR MEMBERS: Thinking of be coming a firefighter but are only 16 or 17. Join the Sterling Fire Department Junior program. You will train with and drill right along with the regular members. When you have completed your required training you will respond to fire and medical calls with the rest of the department.
|Jacob Balzano||Junior Firefighter|
|Craig Bein||Deputy Chief/EMT/RIT Team|
|Keith Benoit||Firefighter/EMT/RIT Team/HAZMAT Tech/Fire Instructor|
|Wayne Glaude||Assistant Chief/EMT/RIT Team|
|Bruce Lindberg||Retired Chief/Fire Police/Driver|
|John Miller||Fire Police/Driver|
|Kurt Oster||1st Lieutenant/EMR|
|Charles (Peter) Rabbitt||Retired Chief|
|Dean Roussel||2nd Lieutenant/EMR/RIT Team|
|David Shippee||Safety Officer/Driver|
|Jason Yancey||Captain/EMR/RIT Team|
Listed is our past call volume for the last 5 years. Our current year will be added at the end of the year.
|False Alarm Calls||7||6||7||7||6|
|Dispatched & Cancelled||22||24||22||21||13|
Whether you have a general question or your looking for information on how to join the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, please utilize any of the means below to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Address: 225 Main St, Sterling, Ct. 06377
Email: email@example.com | Tel: (860) 564-7435 | Fax: (860) 564-7241