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The Amherst Fire Department provides comprehensive fire, rescue, EMS, and fire prevention services to the Town of Amherst, including the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Hampshire College, as well as providing EMS services to the neighboring communities of Hadley, Pelham, Leverett, and Shutesbury.
"To enhance the quality of life in our community by providing quality emergency and support services. Through the professionalism, pride, and excellence of our personnel, we will be the leaders in All Hazards preparation, response, and recovery. We will settle for nothing less than outstanding service as we conduct fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services, fire prevention, safety education, hazardous materials incident response and disaster operations."
News & Announcements
Burning Season - Burning Permits are available January 15 through May 1. PLEASE do not wait until the day you want to burn brush to request your permit - we may be unable to fulfill your request on the same day due to call volume. You MUST come to the Fire Department business office at the Central Fire Station, 68 North Pleasant Street, during normal business hours Monday thru Friday to pay the $25 fee BEFORE you can schedule the permit inspection. Click here for more information on how to obtain your Burning permit. *Please note that for your convenience in paying the fee to obtain a permit our business office will be open on most Saturdays now through May 1st, from 8am to noon. (all Saturdays except for 3/19).
REPORTS POSTED - We have added a section here which has copies of various reports done by and about the fire department spanning over three decades. The reports and associated presentations give insight as to the activity level of the department both now and in the past, as well as information on the rationale and proposals for constructing a new fire station. Click here for list of available reports.