3rd Rider Observation

Thank you for your interest in the American Ambulance 3rd Rider Observation program. Individuals that ride/observe with American Ambulance Service, Inc. (AASI) must have obtained authorization from the Director of Operations before they observe.

The goal of AASI’s 3rd Rider Observation Program is to provide a learning atmosphere for persons observing our paramedics and EMT’s.  Any request to ride third may require a written request. Riding third is a privilege and not a right and AASI reserves the right to revoke or suspend this privilege at any time. Third riders understand that they will take their direction from the Paramedic assigned to the unit. If at anytime the Paramedic believes that the third rider is negatively affecting the crew or patient care in any way the third rider will be taken off the truck and may have their privilege to ride revoked.

All third riders will be required to sign a waiver of liability before being allowed to ride. This waiver advises them of the dangers involved in the operation of emergency vehicles and the inherent challenges with rendering emergency medical services in the field. Those other than students wanting to ride along will be required to submit a written request to ride and complete third rider preparatory material.  Third riders will not be assigned with regard to race, sex, or other criteria, nor will they be given the option of choosing a particular crew or unit.


Third riding was designed for people in the following categories:

  • Students: EMS, nursing, or medical students who are currently enrolled in an approved medical program.
  • Government Officials
  • Explorers
  • AASI family members
  • Those interested in EMS as a career
  • Media


Observers must:

  • Complete all the attached paperwork.
  • Provide proof of a current PPD test (Tuberculosis) or other documentation of the absence of TB
  • Provide a copy of current physical (within last year) or other documentation which indicates no physical limitations that would interfere with observing or riding.
  • Obtain authorization from AASI’s Director of Operations
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