Ride-alongs are a great way for citizens to learn more about the fire service! On your ride-along, you will shadow a fire crew for part of their day and experience everything they do (except safer of course.) If you're riding during mealtime, you can even buy into the food fund ($5-$10 usually) and enjoy some fire station cooking!
Keeping the community safe means we have to limit how many riders we can have. PFA reserves the right to reschedule, not fill, or cancel your ride-along at any time due to the needs of emergency response. Ride-alongs are permitted during the week from 4:00 pm for a four (4) hour duration. During the weekends rides can be scheduled after lunch. Participants are not allowed to remain at the station after 9:00 pm.
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.
- be at least sixteen (16) years of age. Minors must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
- follow a dress code of dark (navy/black) pants (slacks), polo shirt and sturdy shoes, Lace-up boots recommended. No shorts, jeans, cut-offs or any clothing that is revealing or has alcohol or tobacco advertising.
- Be in good health. You will be asked to disclose any medical concerns which may affect your ability to ride. No one with a severe cold or illness will be permitted to participate.
- Follow all orders given by the station captain while riding. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the station.
To schedule your ride-along, please complete the following application.
*Note: Fire academy and EMS recruits are required to do ride-alongs as part of their training. These riders will take priority over citizen riders in scheduling. We appreciate your flexibility in scheduling.