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."
Our annual Fire Prevention Open House returns! In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week we will again hold our Open House at the Central (downtown) fire station. There will be fire apparatus and other vehicles on display, demonstrations such as the "Jaws of Life," information tables, and refreshments. We expect a visit from Smokey Bear as well! Event held rain or shine.
BURNING PERMITS: The Open Air burning season is now CLOSED.
Open air burning is allowed by State Regulations from January 15th through May 1st each year. For more information please click here.
SMOKE DETECTOR INSPECTIONS (26F)
Smoke detector 26F inspections must be scheduled and paid for in advance. The cost of the initial inspection is $50. Inspections may be scheduled and paid for online please click here. The 26F inspections are normally completed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 pm to 3pm. If you have additional questions or are unable to schedule online, please contact the Business Office: 413-259-3082
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 a list of all available reports.