Sedgwick County EMS supports the opportunity for members of the general public to observe EMS operations* from an ambulance, with a field supervisor, or critical care paramedic when the availability exists, as long as there are no situational issues that would render this activity imprudent. The information below describes the process for doing so, along with the associated requirements and fees.
- Must be at least 16 years old with parental/guardian consent.
- Provide a copy of a government ID.
- Review and attest to HIPAA training and EMS Riders policy (documents).
- Complete a background check at the rider’s expense ($16).
- Sign a release of liability and non-disclosure agreement.
- Complete safety briefing.
- Complete fit-testing to a respirator (mask) at the rider’s expense, which is valid for one calendar year ($20).
- Requests for specific date, shift, and/or crew assignments must be made no less than two weeks in advance.
- No more than one ride-along per calendar quarter.
- Adherence to all applicable privacy laws and departmental policies.
- Adhere to dress code and wear provided identification badge.
For more information or to make a request, contact the EMS Operations Manager.
* This should not be construed as an entitlement to or guarantee of a ride-along. The EMS Director, Deputy Director, and Operations Manager reserve the right to reject a request for sufficient reason and at their discretion, abort a ride-along in progress, or may restrict rider activities beyond those stipulated in policy.