Ride Along With Leland’s Bravest

Ride Along Program

Do you have an interest in the fire service?  Have you been thinking about joining a fire department? Would you like to see a local fire department’s day to day operation? Are you considering a career in the fire, rescue, and emergency medical services business? Well we might be able to help!

The Leland Township Fire & Rescue Department has developed a Ride Along program that will allow interns, trainees, exchange / visiting firefighters, and other interested persons to ride with our on-duty crew and see the daily operations of an Advanced Life Support agency in Leelanau County.

It is relatively simple – you will be required to complete a ride along request form and mail or email it back in (or you may drop it off at one of our two fire stations). Once you are approved to ride you will need to sign a release of liability form and go through a short familiarization course regarding patient confidentiality and how to stay safe at the scene of an emergency and then you will be ready to go!

All observers must be at least 16 years old, present valid identification prior to the ride along, and are subject to a background check prior to participating.

Generally, only persons involved or interested in firefighting are allowed to ride-along on fire department apparatus.

These persons include but are not limited to:

  1. Interns involved in accredited college programs
  2. Trainees
  3. Exchange or Visiting Firefighters
  4. Individuals who, in the opinion of the Fire Chief, exhibit a valid interest which could be beneficial to the fire service or the Leland Township Fire & Rescue. These may include but are not limited to:
  • Members of the Public Information Media
  • Members of the Educational Community
  • Governmental Officials
  • Persons with a valid interest in the fire service as determined by the Fire Chief
  • Dispatchers as part of an authorized training program
  • Other public safety officials as part of an authorized training or exchange program

If you are currently a member of a fire department you may need to provide:

  1. Written authorization of the Fire Chief or his/her designee.
  2. Ride-along participants are to conduct themselves in the role of observer and shall not participate in interior firefighting. At the direction of the Fire Chief, participants may participate in fireground tasks that are appropriate to their training and skill levels (i.e.: hydrant operations or deploying a hose line).


If interested print the ride request form and mail it back to the address on the form or email it to dbesson@lelandfire-rescue.com.

Ride Along Request Form:  Ride Along Request Form

The Waiver of Liability Form: 66 Supplement Ride Along Waiver Form


Here is our department’s Standard Operating Procedure when it comes to ride along opportunities. This way you’ll know what to expect from our staff during your ride along:  66-Ride Along Requests

Questions may be directed to the fire department at 231-256-7760