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Note: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ride-A-Long, Lock Box and Car Seats programs have been suspended until further notice.
NOTE: All Ride-Alongs Require a 2 week advance notice.
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.
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