Amherst Fire Department

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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.
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Our Mission

"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:

OPEN HOUSE:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th 10am to 2pm, CENTRAL FIRE STATION, 68 North Pleasant Street.     As part of National Fire Prevention week the Amherst Fire Department will be hosting our annual Open House at the Central Fire Station in downtown Amherst.  Vehicles and equipment will be on display, there will be live demonstrations including fire extinguisher training with a live fire prop and vehicle extrication using the "Jaws of Life."   Fire prevention and other safety information will be available  Give-aways and refreshments.   Smokey Bear will also be stopping by.  Held rain or shine.  Free of charge.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST:  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th, 7:30am to 11:30am, NORTH FIRE STATION, 603 East Pleasant Street.   We will be holding a Pancake Breakfast at our North Fire Station (next to the UMass Police Station) to benefit the SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program in our elementary schools.  Breakfast cooked by the firefighters includes pancakes w/maple syrup, sausages, juice and coffee.   There will also be a raffle for donated items.   Suggested donation for breakfast of $7 adult and $4 for children.  

Ambulance co-payments now accepted online - Your co-payments for ambulance service  may now be paid online.  Click here for online bill payment.

Burning Season

- Open burning season is over for 2016.  By State regulation Burning Permits are only available January 15 through May 1 of each year.   Open burning is prohibited outside these dates.
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.
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