The Poudre Fire Authority offers the individuals the ability to come to the fire station and "Ride-a-long" with a crew. Rides that are scheduled on Monday through Friday typically begin at 4:00 P.M. and last for 4 hours. During this time riders are able to interact with the firefighters, ask questions about the lifestyle and the fire department, and go with crews on actual emergency calls. Rides are also offered during the weekend. These times typically begin around 11:00 A.M.
Ride a longs will be around the fire station during dinner time if riding on a week day and are invited to join the crews for dinner. Dinner is typically a $5.00 buy in, (but it is well worth it). There is not a specific dress code for riders per say, but we ask that you look respectable as you will be interacting with strangers and be associated with the PFA. No shorts, no sandals, no revealing garments. Typically people will wear slacks, polo type shirts, and closed toe shoes or boots.
Riders will have to fill out a waiver form, as well as go over the "ground rules" with the Captain in charge. It is the officers discretion if riders stay longer than 4 hours. Officers may also send a rider home at any time.
To schedule your ride a long, please fill out the online form at Ride Along Requests. Please be aware that riders are also allowed only one ride every 6 months. At the time a new hire/testing process is announced all potential candidate will be suspended from rides until the eligibility list is finalized. Once the list is established all candidates on it can participate in ride-alongs up until they are invited to an administrative interview. Per PFA policy EMT students and current PFA volunteers are exempt.