In order to qualify for membership on the Student Force, you must be a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst College, or Hampshire College and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Candidates should be physically fit, non-smokers, and have at least 2 years of school or four semesters remaining. Prior firefighting experience is helpful but not required.
Recruitmentwill take place at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. After the applications are submitted and reviewed, interviews will be scheduled the following week and successful candidates notified. Successful members will then begin their probationary training. Initial Fall training is typically held on Wednesday evenings in late October/November and continues in the Spring semester; initial Spring training typically is held on Wednesday evenings in April. All members return to campus every year the week before the fall semester begins to participate in the "Wonderweek" of training.
SPRING 2018: Our Spring 2018 recruiting is just beginning. Over the next few weeks (February) we will be canvassing the dining halls and have a recruiting table on the Campus Center Concourse. We will also hold an Open House one evening at the North Station for you to come meet current members and see the station. After applications are received we will hold interviews in late February/early March, and for those selected training will begin after Spring Break. Applications can be submitted anytime using the link below. Check back here periodically for updates on the schedule of events.
Spring Recruiting Drive: February 5 thru February 21st.
Open House at the North Fire Station: Thursday, 2/15, 5pm to 7pm, North Station, 603 East Pleasant Street (next to UMass Police)
Deadline for applications for Fall 2017 training program: Wednesday, 2/21, 5pm