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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).
"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:
NOW HIRING PART-TIME CALL FIREFIGHTERS:
We are currently accepting application for our Call Force. Call Firefighters are members of the community who live and/or work in Amherst and serve as part-time, on-call firefighters. Our Call Force staffs our Engine-4 and Ladder-1 out of the North Fire Station. No experience is necessary, and all training is provided and paid.
For more information about the Call Force click here.
To fill out an online application click here.
CENTRAL FIRE STATION REOPENING:
PREVENT GRILL FIRES:
It's grilling season which can be a fun way to cook outdoors with family and friends. Grills are safe when used properly, but used improperly they can be a significant hazard which can start building fires or lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. For safety tips on using different types of grills Click here.
BURNING PERMITS: SEASON CLOSED.
Open air burning is allowed by State Regulations from January 15th through May 1st each year. No further Open Air Burning is allowed in 2021. For more information please click here.
SMOKE DETECTOR INSPECTIONS (26F)
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
FIRE STATIONS CLOSED TO VISITORS
Due to the ongoing pandemic our Fire Stations, including the business office, are closed to all visitors until further notice. This measure is being taken to help protect our personnel from unnecessary exposure to potential illness so that they will be ready to serve the community as needed. Anyone needing to conduct business such as for permits, records, etc., should call our business office (413-259-3082) during normal business hours.
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.