Ride AlongExperience what it’s like to be part of our duty crew.
Want to see what it feels like to hear the tones go off and respond to a call?
Join us for a ride-along and you’ll know what it’s like to jump into an ambulance and drive “lights and sirens” to a call. And to make a real difference in someone’s day.
You can experience all of this and more when you sign up to be an Observer on our crew. Currently, observer shifts are being scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There are some rules you’ll have to follow for protection and discretion, and we’ve included those below. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
- You’ll need to pass a background check by the Virginia Beach Police Department. A list of things that will automatically disqualify you to observe are found here.
- 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.
- AICs will instruct observers in safety procedures, including the use of street safety vests.
- AICs will advise observers that any patient information they learn must be kept confidential; no photography of any sort is permitted.
- If necessary, the AIC, Squad Officer or higher EMS Officer may remove the observer from the rescue vehicle and terminate the observation.
Observer Scheduling and Approval Procedures:
- To schedule an Observer duty, click the “Request” button and fill out the form.
- An administrator from Headquarters or our Captain of Administration will be in touch with you to confirm your observer shift.
For more, watch this video about what you can expect as an observer.
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