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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 the primary EMS service to the neighboring communities of Leverett, Pelham, and Shutesbury.
We also respond mutual aid for fire or EMS to any community in need in the three-county area (Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden Counties).
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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:


We are currently recruiting new members to join our Call Force.  The Call Force are local community members who serve as paid part-time firefighters on-call for when emergencies arise.  There are no set hours of work, other than a weekly training session on Tuesday nights throughout the year.  Accepting applications now for training to begin late summer.  For more information click here.

BUsiness office closed:

Due to personnel transitions the Fire Department business office will be closed to the public until further notice.  Most permits and payments can be processed here online.  If you have questions please call our business line at 413-259-3082 and leave a message and someone will get back to you.

BURNING PERMITS:  The Open AIr buRNing season is now CLOSED.

Open air burning is allowed by State Regulations from January 15th through May 1st each year. For more information please click here.  


Smoke detector 26F inspections must be scheduled and paid for in advance. The cost of the initial inspection is $50.  Inspections may be scheduled and paid for online please click here. The 26F inspections are normally completed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 pm to 3pm.  If you have additional questions or are unable to schedule online, please contact the Business Office: 413-259-3082

Reports Posted

Copies of various reports done by and about the fire department spanning over three decades are available here. 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 a list of all available reports. 


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