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.
Recruitmentoccurs at the beginning of the fall and spring semester. After the applications are submitted and reviewed, interviews will be scheduled, 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 annual "Wonderweek" of training.
FALL 2019 Our Fall 2019 recruiting drive is closed. We will be recruiting again at the start of the Spring Semester. Check back here after Intersession for information and deadlines.