As a rule, VFIS discourages the general public riding on any apparatus. However, if your department does want to provide public rides for a parade or open house, a VFIS underwriter will need to review the proposed plan and the following risk control recommendations should be considered:
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:
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.