Ride Along Program

Ride Along Fire Medical
Due to COVID-19, the Fire-Medical Department ride along program, car seat program, lock box program, station tours and community events have been suspended until further notice.
Note: All Ride-Alongs require a (2) week advance notice.

  • Observer shall wear seat belt at all times while riding in City of Surprise apparatus.
  • Observer shall dress in a manner consistent with safety and public image. Prohibited dress includes: open toe shoes, sandals, high heels, shorts, tank tops, garments with offensive messages, garments that are excessively loose, and/or excessive loose jewelry.
  • Observer must be at least 18-years of age and have no physical limitations of a nature that would jeopardize the safety of the individual or others.
  • Hours shall be limited: Emergency service observation hours shall be limited to 0800-2000hours. Under "NO" circumstances shall observer stay overnight at a Fire station.
  • Observer is restricted from entering sleeping quarters at the Fire stations.
  • Observer may accompany Fire department personnel into residences/businesses to observe, however, observer shall be prepared to remain outside if conditions warrant such action for safety and/or privacy reasons.
  • Observer shall follow the direction of the apparatus Company Officer or designee at all times.
  • Ride-Along privileges may be revoked or suspended for failure to comply with Fire department rules.
  • To schedule a ride, please submit a Ride-Along Request Form.
  • Please review Ride-Along Waiver that you will be signing prior to your scheduled Ride-Along date.
  • If you have any questions prior to submitting your request, please contact Community Affairs at 623.222.5400.
SFMD Ride-Along Program is open, on a limited basis, to the general public. Riders between the ages of 15-17, must be accompanied by a legal guardian. The guardian must be someone other than a firefighter currently working on the truck, at the time of the ride-Along. Riders not accompanied by a legal guardian must be at least 18 years of age. Minors under the age of 15 will not be permitted to participate in the SFMD Ride-Along Program.

Riders can schedule to ride between 8am and 8pm on weekdays, holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Ride-Along time frames will be limited to a maximum of (4) hour blocks.  Riders must wear appropriate attire and possess good hygiene practices.  Acceptable clothing for Riders include long pants, closed toed shoes, and Tee-shirts, polo shirts, or long sleeve shirts.  Inappropriate clothing include shorts, dresses, cutoffs, and sandals.  If a Rider fails to meet the appropriate dress and hygiene requirements, or fails to conduct themselves appropriately, the Rider may be asked to leave the station.

At the Fire Station, all riders will be given a release form to sign before being permitted to Ride-Along. The Company Officer will brief the Rider on the Department’s expectations and safety requirements for the riding period.   Due to the sensitive nature of some EMS calls and hazards of fire calls, the Rider may be required to stay with the apparatus and not enter into the emergency scene with the Crew.