Emergency Instructions

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Emergencies happen when you least expect them. That's why it's important to be ready. Wherever you are, it helps to have a plan so that whatever happens, you'll be prepared. The information presented here was created through a partnership with the Breck Free Ride, the American Red Cross, the Federal Transit Administration, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This information can help you get prepared & be ready.

Prepare for the Unexpected

  • Should an emergency occur, please remain calm, listen to and follow instructions provided by uniformed Free Ride      employees.  Our employees receive specific training in the handling of emergencies and all of our buses are equipped with notification equipment.
  • If you see smoke or suspect a fire on-board a bus, please notify the transit operator.
  • Exit the bus only when directed to do so by the transit operator.  Emergency exit windows, ceiling escape hatches, and instructions for emergency operation of doors are labeled on Free Ride buses. The transit operator will provide directions for evacuation. Please remember to assist disabled or elderly passengers.
  • Free Ride buses are equipped with a fire extinguisher, first aid kits, and body fluid spill kits.
  • If a passenger is in distress, please notify the transit operator. 
  • If you are medically qualified and able to assist, please identify yourself to the transit operator.
  • Notify the transit operator or a uniformed Free Ride employee of any unattended packages or suspicious activity. 
  • Please do not move or touch unattended packages.
  • When visiting transit facilities, take a moment to familiarize yourself with all exits.
  • If you see smoke or a fire, or hear a fire alarm, please remain calm and proceed to your nearest exit.

Natural Disasters

Emergencies may occur in the local community.  The Breckenridge Police Department has a community emergency evacuation plan available on-line for the event of a wildfire or other natural disaster.  Take a moment to review the information.

Contact Information

  • Plan how your family will stay in contact if separated by an emergency.
  • Make sure people close to you know how to reach you and vice versa. 
  • Keep the information current. You should keep it with you at all times.
  • Designate an out-of-town friend to be the contact point for your family. In an emergency, it may be easier to call long distance    as local phone lines may become overloaded.

Meeting Place

  • Identify a location where your family can meet if there is an emergency or the area is evacuated.


  • If there's an emergency, check www.breckfreeride.com for current information about service changes, tune to local news stations, or call the Free Ride Transit Hotline at (970) 547-3140.
  • Subscribe to the Free Ride’s service alerts on Twitter:  @BreckFreeRide

Need More to get ready?

For more information on how to prepare your family, home, and business for emergencies, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at www.dhs.gov.