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Ride Along Observation


Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad 3769 East Stratford Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

***Due to COVID-19 our ride-along program has been temporarily suspended.***

Thank you so much for your interest in Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. We adhere to the CDC guidelines for personal safety and can not allow observers onboard at the time. Don't let that discourage you! We still need volunteers! The Virginia Beach Department of EMS is currently exploring new ways to safely train volunteers. You can reach out to them at https://www.vbems.com/

You can try to schedule your ride-along 60-90 days out, but we can not promise the suspension will be lifted by then.

You will be asked to select between day shift or night shift followed by the day you would like to observe.  We will ask for two different dates to prevent overlapping with another observer or student.  A member of our scheduling team will respond to confirm one of the dates.

Observer Requirements:

  • Observers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Observers must be neatly attired, have on closed-toed shoes (i.e. no sandals, flip-flops, etc.), and wear a collared shirt or blouse and dark or khaki trousers/shorts. Jeans, t-shirts with messages or advertising, ball caps, etc. are prohibited.
  • The “Observer Badge” must be worn and clearly visible at all times.
  • Except when patient care dictates, the observer cannot ride in the front cab seat.
  • The observer cannot render patient care, talk on the radio, drive an EMS vehicle, help lift or move the patient, or participate in any activities, other than observing.
  • The Attendant In Charge will instruct observers in safety procedures, including the use of street safety vests.
  • The Attendant In Charge will advise observers that any patient information they learn must be kept confidential; no photography of any sort is permitted.
  • If necessary, the Attendant In Charge, Squad Officer or higher EMS Officer may remove the observer from the rescue vehicle and terminate the observation.