- No person should be allowed to ride on the tailboard, hose bed, hood or patient compartments.
- Riders should be inside the cab, seated with the seat belt fastened.
- Strictly limit the number of persons permitted on the apparatus in order to safely monitor and control the ride.
- Under no circumstances should a rider be allowed to stay in a vehicle while it responds to an emergency call.
- No on-duty vehicles should be involved in public rides.
Some departments might offer a Ride-Along program that allows community residents to ride along with the department to observe their operations when responding to an emergency scene. Programs such as this have unique exposures that need to be specifically reviewed and monitored carefully. A VFIS underwriter will need to provide guidance with this type of request well in advance of the event. Some risk control recommendations to consider are:
- Written guidelines for a Ride-Along Program
- Release and waiver for participants
Each of these situations require an appropriate degree of care and protection to the individuals and the organization. A thorough review by a VFIS underwriter of the proposed plans and safety measures well in advance of the event is paramount. Please contact your agent or account manager should your department consider allowing the public to ride your emergency vehicles.