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:
OPEN AIR BURNING IS ALLOWED TODAY. During the open air burning season January to May the ability to burn is determined on a day to day basis depending on both fire danger and air quality considerations.Conditions must be acceptable from a fire safety standpoint as determined by fire officials based on the weather forecast, and from an air quality standpoint as determined by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. IF both fire safety and air quality conditions are acceptable then open air burning will be allowed after a burning permit is obtained from the fire department (see below).
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 may apply online or come to the Fire Department business office at the Central Fire Station during normal business hours. 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! Crews may be busy with emergency traffic the day you want to burn and may be unable to issue the permit on short notice.
Permits are good for the entire season - get yours NOW! To apply and pay for your permit online please 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.