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 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:



The state of Massachusetts has issued an emergency order changing the requirements temporarily for  Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector inspections for the sale of existing homes.  Until further notice you do NOT need a Certificate of Compliance to sell a home.   The legal burden is now on the BUYER to secure a Certificate of Compliance within 90 days of the emergency order being lifted (date yet to be determined).   In line with this directive the Amherst Fire Department is NOT currently scheduling or conducting Smoke Detector Inspections for sales.    The BUYER MUST submit a Buyers Agreement Form to the Fire Department within 72 hours of the sale closing.  This order does NOT apply to inspections for new construction which we are still processing.

For a copy of the Buyers Agreement to submit to Fire Department click here.
For a copy of the state order pertaining to Smoke Detectors click here.


Due to the COVID-19 situation 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.


Open air burning is allowed by state regulations from January 15th thru May 1st each year.   The rules and process have NOT changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic other than you must pay online before calling to schedule your inspection to receive your permit.   You must first obtain a permit from the fire department.  To obtain a permit you may review the process and apply online   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 to review the process and apply for your permit.
For more information on the state regulations pertaining to open air burning please click here.

REPORTS POSTED:  NEW!  2017 Staffing Study added here.
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 list of available reports.  
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