Ride-Along Program

24068132_1474948359224932_1282466831828865820_nAre you interested in learning more about how your local fire department operates? Are you considering a career in the fire service? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the Pullman Fire Department’s Ride-Along Program may be for you.

The Pullman Fire Department is pleased to offer a Ride-Along Program to allow citizens, firefighters/paramedics from other agencies, and area students the opportunity to observe daily operations of the Department as they respond to real emergencies. The program is designed to increase awareness and enhance transparency of the Pullman Fire Department’s operations through direct contact with EMS and fire suppression personnel, their work at the scene and at the station. Our aim is to provide you with an educational, interesting and fun experience.

Citizens desiring to participate in the ride-along program must apply for and obtain permission from the Pullman Fire Department. The Assistant Fire Chief - Operations, or his or her designee, will consider the reason the applicant wishes to participate, along with the frequency, duration, and hours requested.

Private Citizens are allowed two (2) observational ride-along experiences per year. Exceptions will be made for members associated with Public Safety Service (fire, EMS and law enforcement), Military Branches (honorably discharged within the past 12 months), and students from an approved program. Examples include, but are not limited to, programs for High School, Technical School, College, EMS Class, or occupational training programs who are Accredited that require the student to complete specified hours of ride-along time for certification completion.

Program Participant Is Required To:  

  • Be at least 16 years old and provide signed consent from a parent/guardian
  • Submit a Pullman Fire Department Ride-Along Application
  • Read and sign the Acknowledgement of Ride-Along Program General Rules and Participation Responsibilities
  • Read and sign the HIPAA Acknowledgement of Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Read and sign the Acknowledgement of Assumption of Risk, Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement
  • Complete the Criminal History Release of Information form
  • Provide a copy of your State Driver's License or ID Card
  • Be a Citizen of the United States, or possess a U.S.-issued visa
  • Speak clearly and fully understand the English language
  • Be physically capable of climbing into and out of a fire engine quickly and without assistance
How To ApplyAll documents must be completed in their entirety. Any application that is missing required information and/or signatures is considered incomplete and will be denied.
  1. Print the Ride-Along Application Packet.
  2. Complete and sign the Ride-Along Application, and Criminal History Release of Information form. (A clear background check is required to move forward in this program)
  3. Read, review and fully understand the remaining documents. (DO NOT SIGN)
  4. The applicant will be asked if they have read and fully understand the language in each of the remaining documents listed below. The signing of each document will occur at the time of submission in the presence of a Pullman Fire Department Administrative Staff member.
    • Acknowledgement of Ride-Along Program General Rules and Information, Requirements, and Participant Responsibilities,
    • HIPAA Acknowledgement of Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement,
    • Acknowledgement of Assumption of Risk, Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement.
  5. Please remember to bring your state-issued driver’s license, identification card, or U.S. issued Visa.
The application packet must be submitted at least ten (10) days prior to the desired date requested for the ride-along. Complete applications will be forwarded to the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations, or his or her designee, to determine participant eligibility. Applicants will be notified in writing via email whether they are eligible and approved to participate, or are ineligible or otherwise not approved to participate. This written notification will provide the reason(s) for the denial of the ride-along request.

Disclaimer: Submitting a request does not guarantee approval. Pullman Fire Department has the authority to approve or deny any request for participation in this program, or alter such request in the best interests of the Department, and has the authority to revoke an authorization at any time if a participant’s conduct is not in the best interests of the Department.

All documents related to the application shall be maintained by Pullman Fire Department pursuant to the applicable Washington State Records Retention Schedule Requirement Laws.

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