Please Take Note

Applications are currently closed for the 2017-2018 Ride-Along season.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season in September 2018!

Thank you for your interest in the AirLife Denver Ride-Along program! We have specifically designed our program to provide members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospital communities we serve with the best opportunity to take the next step in learning about the critical care transport industry. We hope to provide you with a worthwhile experience, some in-depth familiarization with helicopter safety and operations, and an insight into patient care in the transport setting. Please take a moment to read this packet and submit the application at the end.  We attempt to honor every request, however due to high interest in the program and our continued focus on patient care and safety, openings may be limited, but we will make all best efforts to honor your submission.  Thank you again for your interest and we look forward to seeing you soon!


As part of our ongoing commitment to the safety of our patients and flight crew members, we have designed this program to focus on these values.  It is important for all participants to know that the air transport environment is unpredictable and requires adaptability, flexibility, and a high degree of preparedness. Safety is AirLife Denver’s highest priority. All participants will need to follow the same safety practices that we as a program utilize and meet the following expectations:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have a valid photo ID.
  • An active member, or student, of an EMS, critical care, or emergency care agency or facility. (Other candidates may be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Not to exceed 220 pounds with all clothing, including boots and outerwear.
  • Meet HealthONE’s employee standards (no excessive visible tattoo’s or piercings.)
  • Be able to promptly enter and/or exit an aircraft without any significant physical limitation(s).

What you can expect:

When you arrive at our office you will be introduced to one of the duty crews.  You’ll be involved in the shift brief with the pilot and critical care providers that compose the crew.  Riders will watch and review three (3) short in-service safety videos with an AirLife flight crew member to ensure they are comfortable with the required safety procedures. Your experience may include transports by rotor wing, fixed wing or ground transport depending on the requests received during your shift.

What’s expected of you:

Be on time for your shift; if you are unable to attend the shift brief you will be ineligible to fly.

  • Bring a valid driver’s license, which will be copied and kept for our records.
  • Call our Operations Center at 303.360.3400 the morning of your shift to ensure there are no issues that would preclude your ride-a-long.
  • In the event you will be late, please call our Operations Center to inform the crew.

Ride-along days:

  • Our ride-a-longs may be scheduled any day of the week.
  • Only day shifts (0800 – 1600) are offered.
  • To maximize your experience shifts are scheduled for eight (8) hours, if you are unable to commit for the entire duration, please ask to be rescheduled.
  • Ride-a-longs are not strictly limited to the rotor wing aircraft, on poor weather days the ground and fixed wing units may be utilized.

Additional Information:

  • Please arrive in good health, rested, and dressed appropriately. We recommend natural fibers, 100% cotton or wool polo shirt, long sleeve, or sweatshirt. In colder weather, please make sure to have layers and outerwear available. Work boots or hiking boots that are supportive and protective are required. (Please refrain from wearing denim jeans, scrubs, sneakers or dress shoes.  EMS with attire with smaller logos is appropriate.)
  • Ride-along shifts may be cancelled prior to or on the day of the shift. Reasons for cancellation may include weather, temperature, vehicle maintenance/repair or other additional safety concerns.
  • You may participate by discussing our decision making processes, procedures, medications, etc., but are not permitted to assist in any administration of patient care.
  • It is possible that you could be left behind either at a hospital or on scene if we are unable to lift safely with the additional weight of a third rider. We make our best attempt to foresee and prevent this circumstance.
  • We cannot guarantee that we will receive a call during your ride along shift, please bring a book or something to entertain yourself with during downtime. Wi-Fi access is available in the crew quarters for your use.
  • Food is available for purchase in the cafeteria or you may bring your lunch. However, there is no guarantee that you will make it there during open hours. There is a refrigerator and a microwave available for you to use in crew quarters.
  • While your shift is scheduled to be completed at 1600 hours (4pm), if we are on a patient transport you may not return to the base until later.

For questions not answered by the above information, please contact the AirLife Denver office at 303.338.7338 or email our Ride-Along Coordinator at the email address below. Participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability form prior to participating in the Ride-Along program.

We look forward to having you join us in our commitment to excellence in patient care and safety!

Ride-Along Coordinator

Andy Pietriyk, RN, BSN, CEN, Flight Nurse

Email Andy Pietyrik

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