|Civilian Ride A Long Program|
The Fire Department has a Civilian Ride Along program. With the necessary legal waiver or consent forms signed, we allow the public to work with the engine companies during the day and ride to emergency calls. The ride along participants are not placed in harms way nor exposed to confidential information, such as medical emergencies, etc. This has proven to be a very effective public education program. All City employees and elected officials are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
The purpose of the Oakdale Fire Department’s Ride-Along Program is to foster community involvement, understanding, and education by providing an opportunity for the public and City employees to gain first-hand experience of the duties and responsibilities of Fire Department personnel. Often, citizens wish it were possible for them to be at the scene of fire incidents to see exactly how the incident is handle, so that they may better judge the quality of their fire department. Other are considering a career in firefighting and wish a preview of what such a career might be like. Some would simply like to see “the other side of the coin”.
We sincerely hope that by offering such a program, we may improve the state of understanding that exists between our members and the public.
Contact the Fire Department Ride-Along program by downloading and submitting the Ride Along Request form***(link to form)***. After the forms have been filled out, you may either mail them or submit them in person to Station 5 located at 325 East G Street. If the participant is between 16 and 18, they must have their parent or guardian sign. All forms should be submitted at least ten days prior to a ride-along date.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Fire Department, 209-845-3660, and someone will assist you.