The Sterling Volunteer Fire Department started in 1966 with two used pumpers and a tanker housed in a barn on Holly Avenue. By 1998, SVFD had two stations, Station 11 in Sterling Park and Station 25 in Cascades. Each of Sterling’s Fire Stations are jointly operated with Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Sterling Fire, Company 11
Sterling Fire’s Station 11 houses a fire engine and tower which are staffed by career personnel from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and volunteer personnel from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours Saturday and Sunday.
Sterling Rescue Squad, Company 15
Founded in 1964, the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad originally had one donated vehicle which responded to calls from a garage of a gas station on the corner of Holly and Commerce in Sterling Park. After an intervening move to the library on Sterling Boulevard, SVRS moved to its present quarters on Commerce Street and was renovated in 1990.
Company 15 houses several advance life support ambulances as well as a heavy rescue squad. Staffing for company 15 units is provided by volunteers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.