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  •  We offer an Observer / Ride - a long program that allows individuals 15 & Older to ride on the ambulance to see what goes on during daily operation.

  • Observers can have no contact with patients are required to complete HIPAA and BBP in-house Training. 


  • Program is designed to provide a taste of emergency medical services therefore it is limited to 3 shifts per person. 

  • This is a fantastic way to decide if the EMT program or Vo-Tech Protective Services Program is something that may interest you. 




All observer / ride – a long individuals must be approved by the Chief of Operations, all Observer/ride-a long shifts must be placed onto LPEMS schedule and individuals are limited to 3 total shifts.


The following rules & regulations of the observer / ride – a- long program must be adhered to at all times. It is the responsibility of the observer / ride – a-long to review these and fully understand the ramifications of the regulations. Failure to comply will result in removal from the program. 


  1. All observer / ride – a- long’s must be 15 years old or older.

  2. There will be no more than 1 observer / ride- a - long per shift per station.

  3. Observer (s) / ride-a- long(s) must adhere to PA Act 151 Section 7.

    1. No Observers or ride-a- long individuals in high school may ride during school hours

    2. No Observers or Ride-a- long individuals under 18 years of age may ride after 10 pm.

  4. Observer / ride – a- long(s) must wear dark colored pants (Navy or Black), No shorts are permitted.

  5. Shirts should be plain, and dark in color (Navy), with No logos. Shirts that have any type of logo that resemble alcoholic beverages or adult oriented material are NOT permitted.

    1. Observer / ride - a- long(s) are required to wear the Red Reflective Observer vest whenever crew leaves the station. ​

  6. Boots are preferred, however dark color shoes are acceptable, open style shoes such as sandals are NOT permitted.

  7. No observer / Ride -a-long may participate in patient care activities. This includes asking patient(s) questions in the presence of family members, or witness of the incident.

    1.  Questions regarding an ambulance call should be directed to the crew after the call is completed.

  8. No observer / ride - a - long should use or posses any LPEMS operational equipment at any time.

    1. For example: Stretchers, MDT's, Radios, Pagers, ​Heart Monitors, etc.

    2. Exceptions: Safety Equipment when instructed by Crew Chief (Reflective Vest, Coat, Helmet)

  9. Video recording, cameras, tape recording devices such as camera phones are NOT permitted.

  10. Certain situations may be considered unsafe or hazardous to untrained individuals. Therefore observer / ride – a - long(s) may not be permitted to enter those types of situations and are to remain in the ambulance until directed by the Crew Chief. These incidents may include but are not limited to: Violent incidents (shootings, stabbings, etc.), hazardous materials incidents, fire ground operations, or psychiatric emergencies.

  11. Observer / ride- a - long must also remain in the ambulance on incidents at any prison facility, or limited access highway (i.e. 422, 202, 76)  

  12. Observer / ride – a - long must fully understand that certain emergency calls may expose them to infectious diseases.

  13. The Crew Chief will advise the observer/ ride – a- long how to take precautions in these types of incidents.

  14.  The Infection Control Officer(s) will counsel the observer / ride – a- long; and guardian(s) if they are less than 18 years of age, about the potential risk of exposure to an infectious disease.

  15. Observer / ride – a - long may witness certain types of emergency calls that may subject them to the possibility of subpoena for testimony in court of law.

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