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Welcome to our site for Engine Company Three, the Student Volunteer Force of the Amherst Fire Department.  Here you will be able to find out about the Student Force, what we do, and how you can join. 

The Student Force is one of the three forces that comprise the Amherst Fire Department.  Besides the Student Force there is the Career Force of full-time firefighters and the Call Force of part-time firefighters.  For more information on these groups see the main fire department home page link on our “Contact Us” page.

Together these three groups of the Amherst Fire Department handle approximately 5,000 fire and EMS calls annually.  The department operates out of two stations, and provides fire and EMS coverage to the town of Amherst, as well as the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Hampshire College.  The Amherst Fire Department also provides ambulance service to four of our neighboring towns. 

The Student Force operates its own engine company and has its own vehicle operators and officers.  We respond to all structure fires in town, as well as many other fires, alarms, and other emergencies.  Student Force members who are EMTs may also operate the ambulances. 

For more information about the Student Force and how to join click on the links above.


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