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Ride Along Guidelines

Ride-Along Program

All prospective riders shall return a signed liability waiver to King County Fire District 20.

Civilian riders are observers only, must be at least 18 years of age, and shall not become involved either verbally or physically in the calls. If civilian riders have any questions regarding a call, they may ask the Officer in Charge (O.I.C.) when the situation is over.

As a civilian rider, they must follow all directions, which the O.I.C. gives.

Civilian riders shall not under any circumstances have weapons of any type in their possession while participating in the ride-along program, including, but not limited to, guns, knives, chemical agents or batons. This provision, regarding weapons, shall not apply to riders who are full-time, commissioned Law Enforcement Officers within the State of Washington.

Riders are expected to be dressed as follows: long or short sleeve shirt or blouse, (not form fitting or extra loose) dark slacks, shoes, coat if needed. Sweats, shorts, T-shirts, open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Civilian riders are responsible for their own meal expenses.

If a situation develops in which the O.I.C. believes that the rider will be placed at unacceptable risk or harm, the officer may at his own discretion leave the rider at the station and/or drop off the rider.

The hours of rider participation are between 8:00 am and 11: 00 pm hours. The rider will only ride for no more than eight (8) hours at a time.

If a rider fails to adhere to the conditions or the Ride-Along Program, or if the O.I.C. thinks that the rider’s presence or actions are impeding the performance of the assigned duties, the O.I.C. has the duty and authority to terminate the Ride-Along and return the guest rider to the fire station.