AFD Engines 3 & 4, Rescue 1 on scene Amherst College Dakin House for training
Besides paying the town $120,000 for ambulance and fire protection services this past year, Amherst College also allows AFD to train at the abandoned Dakin House next to the College owned Amherst Golf Course.
Since the Student Call Force has a few new members and the UMass campus is pretty busy today with students moving in, AFD decided to use the Dakin House for hands on training: Pulling hose lines and practicing rescues (using full turn out gear/air tanks) inside the once ornate house.
Structure to left was off limits to training because it's in such bad shape
No, unfortunately they did not actually torch the two story house.
Although someday soon Amherst College will have to raze all the structures as they are increasingly becoming a safety hazard, even though our assessor still values the property at $677,200.
In 2015 AFD had its busiest year ever with Amherst College accounting for 4% of their total calls.