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 PERMITS: Open air burning is allowed by state regulations from January 15th thru May 1st each year. You must first obtain a permit from the fire department. To obtain a permit you need to come to the Fire Department business office at the Central Fire Station during normal business hours to pay the $25 fee for the season. A fire department representative will then come and inspect your property and issue the permit. DON'T WAIT until the day you want to burn to get your permit! You must pay during normal business hours Monday - Friday, and crews may be busy with emergency traffic the day you want to burn and so be unable to come issue the permit on short notice. Permits are good for the entire season - get yours NOW! For more information click here.
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.