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:
As part of National Fire Prevention Week the Amherst Fire Department will be holding its annual Open House at the Central Fire Station in downtown Amherst on Saturday. October 13th from 10am to 3pm. A variety of town departments and other agencies will have information and giveaways for all ages. The event includes fire prevention and other safety displays and demonstrations including a live vehicle extrication ("Jaws of Life") and chance for adults to practice with fire extinguishers. We are also hoping for a visit by Smokey Bear! Refreshments will be served. Event is held rain or shine.
BURNING PERMITS: Open air burning season is CLOSED. Open air burning is allowed by state regulations from January 15th thru May 1st each year. Outdoor fires are prohibited except for small, contained fires for the purpose of cooking. 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.