AFD North Station strategically located next to UMass
Having listened to and covered up close a countless number of emergency calls over the past 12 months, I'm not surprised that 2015 was the busiest year ever for the Amherst Fire Department with a total of 6,363 calls, up 7.59% from last year's 5,914.
And that was accomplished without a 7.59% increase in staffing, the #1 problem now facing AFD. The cramped condition and sorry state of Central Station is closely followed problem #2.
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This year AFD and Dispatch cost Amherst taxpayers around $5,000,000UMass paid us $455,000 for emergency services this year and created 19.1% of the call volume, or $955,000 worth.
Amherst College paid the town $120,000 and created 4% of the call volume, or $200,0000.
Hampshire College paid us ZERO but created 3.1% of the call volume, or $155,000 -- enough to hire three new firefighters.
AFD on scene Hampshire College 8/30/15 for typical "cooking smoke" false fire alarm