Hot Springs Ambulance Selects Air Methods For Crew Training


Hot Springs rescue crews will soon be able to access additional training through Air Method’s Ascend program.

Hot Springs Ambulance selected Air Methods as its vendor to provide online emergency medical service review and continuing education. The company is the nation’s leading air medical service provider.

The ambulance service, established in 1985, provides basic life services and advanced life support to the communities of Fall River County and the southern portion of Custer County, including Wind Cave National Park.

“We are very excited to start the Ascend training and expand our partnership with Air Methods,” said Randy Stombaugh, president of Hot Springs Ambulance Service. “Not only will the quality education benefit our crews, but we believe it will also be great for employee retention since it makes recertification more accessible.”

The Ascend program includes in-person and online education with world-class educators, state-of-the-art tools, and cutting-edge technologies to help pre-hospital and critical care clinicians build their knowledge. The training enables rescue crews to operate at the top of their licensure and fulfill continuing education requirements. Education programs include advanced mannequin-based simulation and virtual reality training that mirror real-world patient care scenarios.

The EMS Review portion of Ascend allows individuals to advance their training, help improve emergent patient outcomes, and meet their continuing education needs. Courses meet certification requirements for the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN), Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), and International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC).

“We are excited to offer our online training programs to Hot Springs Ambulance Service,” said Dr. Stephanie Queen, Air Methods Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. “These programs will provide the crew with the latest clinical techniques and practices to continue to provide the best possible care for their patients.”