Typically one family member or friend can ride to the hospital with the patient. Normally the family member or friend will ride in the passenger seat of the ambulance, up front. This way they can be properly secured with a seat belt. In addition, this allows the fire department paramedics and Emergency Ambulance personnel to work on the patient without the interference of the family or friend. One exception is if we are transporting a small (often frightened) child. Typically the mother or father will ride in the back of the ambulance to the ED. However a guest passenger is only allowed in the ambulance at the discretion of the transporting crew.