21st Annual City of Riverside Fire Department Santa’s Ride-Along

Published: 11/29/18

The City of Riverside Fire Department is excited to announce the 21st annual Santa's Ride-Along. The program is a cooperative effort between the City of Riverside Fire Department and the Riverside City Firefighters Association Local 1067 (RCFA 1067). RCFA 1067 will be providing Santa Claus along with candy canes. RCFA 1067 will provide off-duty volunteers to act as Santa Claus. The role of Santa will be played by the department’s probationary firefighters. The candy canes and Santa suit are provided by the RCFA 1067.

The fire engine will travel slowly through the neighborhoods with lights and intermittent siren sounding. When children are spotted, the fire engine pulls over and Santa and the crew will pass out candy canes. The fire engines will visit their assigned park between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and may stay at the parks longer if there is a crowd. If you are not on Santa’s route and want to see Santa, please be at the designated park no later than 7:00 p.m.

The ride-along begins December 15, 2018 and runs through December 21, 2018. The time is 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Two stations per night will be escorting Santa through their neighborhoods.

Fire Engines will remain in service and “Santa” will respond with the unit if they get an emergency response. If Santa is not at the designated park by 7:30 p.m., Santa is assisting the City of Riverside Fire Department with an emergency response and will not be able to make the designated park time. There will be no make-ups due to inclement weather or emergency responses.

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Assigned nights and units:

December 15th – Station 06 (Reid Park): Station 02 (Hunt Park)

December 16th – Station 13 (Sycamore Highlands Park): Station 12 (Harrison Park)

December 17th – Station 03 (Shamel Park): Station 11 (Orange Terrace Park)

December 18th – Station 09 (Castleview Park): Station 08 (La Sierra Park)

December 19th – Station 14 (Andulka Park): Station 05 (Nichols Park)

December 20th – Station 01: (Ryan Bonaminio Park): Station 10 (Villegas Park)

December 21st – Station 04: (Patterson Park): Station 07 (Bryant Park)

The program distributes nearly 4,000 candy canes throughout the city.

December 15th and runs through December 21st.