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AFD Emblem - Web ready.jpg  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."
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BURNING PERMITS - GET YOUR 2014 PERMIT NOW!  Avoid delays in the spring.
State regulations limit open air burning to the period of January 15th through May 1st.
To obtain your burning permit for the season you should come to the Fire Department Business Office at the Central Fire Station during normal business hours.  For questions call our business office at 413-259-3082.

For further information about how to obtain your permit and to see the state open air burning regulations
click here

PLEASE NOTE:  State Regulations have changed!  Besides cancelling burning due to high fire danger (typically occurs in April) we must now also cancel burning when ordered to do so by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  This occurs frequently throughout the Open Air burning season.  You will be informed when you call to burn on a given day whether or not it is being allowed that day.  DEP typically notifies us by 8am each day. 
 W. Tim Nelson
 Fire Chief

 Mailing Address
 P.O. Box 654
 68 N Pleasant Street
 Amherst, MA  01004

 Business Office
 Ph: 413-259-3082
 Fx: 413-256-4087

 24 hours a day,
 7 days a week
 Business office open
 Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm


The Amherst Fire Department is made up of three unique forces: 
  • Permanent Force, (Engine Companies 1 & 2) Full-time career firefighters on-duty 24/7/365.
          Click here for more information on our Permanent Force


Central Station
68 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01002
 Central Fire Station                              North Station
603 E. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01002
           North Fire Station