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.
FALL 2020: Updated Fall 2020 plan due to COVID:
Due to the changes at UMass this fall we are unsure of our exact recruiting and training plans at this time, HOWEVER we know we will need to recruit and begin training new members in preparation for the Spring 2021 semester and beyond. Therefore we are accepting applications now. We will hold your application until September at which time we will contact you with updates, and let you know what the selection process and timeline will be.
Normally recruitmentoccurs at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. 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.