Outreach & Education

Ride Along Program

Life Link III offers ride along opportunities for healthcare providers.

Ride Along Program at Lifelink III

A ride along is a way for healthcare providers to better understand the role of air medical transport, experience what it is like to care for patients in our aircraft, and learn more about how Life Link III works closely with pre-hospital and hospital services to ensure optimal care for every patient. The ride along program is designed to enhance the experience and understanding of current healthcare or emergency services providers.

Qualified riders may include but are not limited to paramedics, EMTs, registered nurses, law enforcement personnel, fire department personnel and physicians. The weight restriction for helicopter ride along participants is 230 pounds.

For additional requirements and expectations for participation in our ride along program, please thoroughly review and complete the application below.

Application

Qualified riders may include but are not limited to paramedics, EMTs, registered nurses, law enforcement personnel, fire department personnel and physicians. Those not meeting the above criteria may be considered on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Regional Manager.

The weight restriction for helicopter ride along participants is 230 pounds. Final weight determination for aircraft performance reasons are left to the discretion of the pilot. If a ride along participant is left at a facility, Life Link III will arrange transportation back to the base.

Professionally appropriate clothing will be worn for the observational experience with weather conditions taken into consideration. Casual dress pants and sturdy footwear like duty boots are required. No denim jeans, t-shirts, scrubs, or open toe/heel clogs will be permitted. Acceptable body piercing is limited to ear piercing only, and excessive or inappropriate body art needs to be covered during the experience.

Ride along participants should be in good health and should not be suffering from a head cold on the day of their ride along shift. Pregnant females must have a note from their physician prior to flying. All observers will be in good physical condition with the ability to climb in and out the helicopter or an ambulance without assistance and have the ability to ambulate on potentially uneven terrain and tolerate weather extremes.

Patient confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

A letter must be obtained by the ride along candidate from their respective supervisor or chief confirming their employment or active status within the organization.

Observers will be scheduled on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Other days of the week may be considered on a case by case basis.

In the event of forecasted weather extremes, please call 1-800-328-1377 the day before you are scheduled to confirm the status of your ride along.

Please call 1-800-328-1377 if you are unable to make the scheduled time or are going to be late.

In preparation for the ride along scheduled date, please print and have the following documents: a) Picture ID, b) Release of Liability, c) Emergency contact form, d) Supervisor verification letter.

Ride along participants are responsible for their own meals during the shift. We suggest you bring food and beverage as there is no immediate access to such. Kitchen facilities (microwave and refrigerator) are available.

Ride along participants are expected to act professionally and function as an observer only under the direct supervision of the Life Link III crewmembers. Deviation from these guidelines are grounds for termination of the rider experience.

Life Link III ride along Apply today to be considered!