I. It is the policy of the Diamond Springs - El Dorado Fire Protection District to permit civilians to accompany district personnel in the course of their regular duties. This program is intended to be educational for the civilian.
A. The request for a civilian ride along may only be initiated by a civilian or a chief officer of the district. All ride alongs must be approved by a Captain or chief officer. The approving officer must determine that the requested ride along is of definite benefit to the District and/or the community.
B. The Duty Captain will be given reasonable notice in order to avoid scheduling conflicts. The shift's regular and emergency duties will have scheduling preference.
A. When the ride along request is approved, a District Ride Along Agreement form will be completed.
1. A District Ride Along Agreement form will be completed for each and every approved ride along.
2. A completed District Ride Along Agreement form will be kept by the District for a period of not less than two years. This file shall be in the District office.
B. Ride alongs will normally be permitted between the hours of 0800 and 2000. Extensions shall only be approved by a chief officer. The Duty Captain will have discretion to limit the duration of the ride along for any reason.
C. Civilian riders will be briefed prior to the shift.
1. Instructions must be given to the riders to prepare them for hazardous situations. Specific attention should be given to the following:
1) Incidents occurring on the roadway.
2) Incidents involving fires.
3) Incidents involving violent crimes.
4) Need for universal precautions.
2. Riders must be educated about patients' rights to confidentiality.
RIDE ALONG AGREEMENT
ASSUMPTION OF RISK, COVENANT NOT TO SUE
AND INDEMNIFICATION OF LIABILITY
I, ___________________________________ , request permission to ride along with personnel of the Diamond Springs - El Dorado Fire Protection District (District) in the execution of their regular duties. This ride along program (Program) is intended to be educational. My participation does not make me an agent of the district. I hereby agree to the following conditions:
I understand and accept the possibility that my participation in the Program may involve risk of damage to my property, personal injury or death. I knowingly assume these risks and release the district and its employees from any liability as a result of my participation.
I further agree with the District that I will not institute any suit or legal action against the District, its officers, employees, agents or representatives, including the "Firefighters Association" and El Dorado County Service Area 7. I further agree not to institute or aid in the institution of any claim, prosecution, demand action for damages, cost, loss of service, expenses or compensation for, or on account any damage, loss or injury to either person or property at any time whatsoever arising from my participation in the Program.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the District, its officers, employees, agents and representatives, including the "Firefighters Association" and El Dorado County Service Area 7 against any and all liability, loss, claim or legal action sustained in connection with my participation in the program.
This Agreement is signed this ____ day of _____________ ,19 ____ , Diamond Springs, California. This agreement shall remain in effect for the duration of the ride along to occur on ____________________, 19____.
Signature of participant _______________________________ DOB ___-___-___
Address _______________ City ___________ State _____ Phone ( ___ ) ___ _____
If the participant is below the age of 18 years, his / her parent or other legal guardian must sign this release of liability form.
Signature of Legal Guardian _______________________________
Name of Guardian _______________________________
District Authorization ____________________________