Often, citizens wish it were possible for them to be at the scene of fire incidents to see exactly how the incident is handle, so that they may better judge the quality of their fire department. Other are considering a career in firefighting and wish a preview of what such a career might be like. Some would simply like to see “the other side of the coin”.
In response to such feelings among the residents of Fresno, the Fire Department has made it possible for you to “Ride-Along” in a Fire Department unit, with members of the Fire Department.
We sincerely hope that by offering such a program, we may improve the state of understanding that exists between our members and the public.
Please feel free to ask any questions, for it will only be through improved communications with each other that this goal can be reached.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE?Contact the Fire Department Ride-Along program by downloading and submitting the forms. After the forms have been received, our Investigation Unit will conduct a background check and interview with the interested participant. At that time the interested participant will be asked to sign the release of liability. If the participant is between 16 and 18, they must have their parent or guardian sign. All forms should be submitted at least ten days prior to a ride-along date.
HOW OFTEN CAN I RIDE?
Ride-along participants will generally be limited to one ride-along per calendar year.
HOW LONG CAN I RIDE AT A TIME?
Ride–along tours will generally be limited to two (2) hours minimum, up to 12 hours, subject to the discretion of a chief officer or his designee.
COULD I GET HURT?
Firefighter duties are inherently dangerous. Concern by the host member shall be given to the safety of the participant; however, the utmost importance shall lie in the member’s attention to duty. Should hazardous circumstances present themselves and the opportunity to leave the ride-along at a safe location is available, this shall be done.
HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
Casual dress is allowed. Jeans and sneakers are allowed, as long as they are in good condition.
WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
Meal arrangements will be the participant’s responsibility. You should bring enough money for food/sodas, snacks, etc.
CAN I BRING A CAMERA?
Due to Constitutional questions of “Right to privacy”, no cameras or tape recorders are allowed.
A criminal record may be cause to have your application denied.