City of Charlottesville, VA Fire
|Chapter:||IV - General Administration|
|Subject:||Ride Along Policy|
To establish the necessary criteria and procedures for authorizing ride-alongs on Fire Department emergency vehicles.
A. Authorized ride-alongs must meet one of the below listed criteria and must have completed the below listed procedure.
B. Special requests for ride-alongs which do not meet any of the listed criteria may be approved by the Fire Chief.
A. The rider must be sixteen (l6) years of age or older.
B. Members of the Fire Fighters Explorers Post may ride at age l6, but may not enter a fire scene until age l8.
C. Anyone who is not a member of a volunteer company or paid Fire Department shall not participate in fire ground operations.
D. Participants shall not be permitted to ride apparatus during any type of training exercise with one exception: participants shall be permitted to ride apparatus during driver training exercises.
A. A written request for ride-alongs will be submitted to the Charlottesville Fire Department (see attached).
B. All participants must complete a Liability Release Form (CFD Form #36) before taking part in the program.
C. Participants under the age of eighteen (18) must submit a written release signed by a parent or guardian.
D. Riding assignments shall be left to the discretion of the Officer-In-Charge on whose shift the participant plans to ride. Members of the Charlottesville Volunteer Fire Company shall have priority for space. E. The Officer-In-Charge shall assign an escort for the participant in the ride-along program for each tour of duty.
l. Escorts would be responsible to show the participants around the station and explain to them the basic rules and regulations of the department.
2. Escorts shall show the participants to their assigned place to ride and explain to them the procedure to follow during an alarm.
3. On the fire ground, the ride-along participants, who are not members of a volunteer or paid department, shall stay with the piece of apparatus to which they are assigned. In this situation the Operators shall act as escorts.
F. Participants who are not members of a fire service organization shall follow this procedure.
l. Shall apply at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance for the approval of the Officer-In-Charge.
2. Participants shall not be allowed to ride more than one (l) time every six (6) months unless otherwise approved by the Deputy Fire Chief or the Fire Chief, in writing.
3. On the fire ground, these participants shall remain with the piece of apparatus to which they are assigned.
G. All participants in this program shall follow the rules and regulations as established by the Chief of the Department.
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