Gilpin Ambulance Authority Selects Air Methods Ascend to Provide In-Person Training for First Responders


BLACK HAWK, CO, June 6, 2024 – Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced today that Gilpin Ambulance Authority has selected Air Methods Ascend’s in-person program to provide critical care readiness clinical education for its first responders.

Located about 35 miles west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains, the Gilpin Ambulance Authority works with three fire departments and five law enforcement agencies in providing emergency services in Gilpin County. Responding to a variety of calls including backcountry search and rescue and wild land firefighting medical support, Gilpin Ambulance Authority has 21 full-time employees and responds to nearly 2,000 calls for service each year and transports 800 patients with three 24-hour ambulances.

“Given the variety of calls that we respond to in sometimes extremely remote areas, this training will provide our first responders with the skills necessary to provide top-level care to our most critical of patients,” said Gilpin Ambulance Authority Chief Cody Carroll. “Being able to take our first responders to Ascend’s state-of-the-art facilities is invaluable to providing the level of care that our patients come to expect and deserve.”

Ascend’s in-person and online education programs provide access to world-class educators, state-of-the-art tools, and cutting-edge technologies to help pre-hospital and critical care clinicians build their knowledge, enabling them to operate at the top of their licensure and fulfill continuing education requirements. Education programs include advanced manikin-based simulation and virtual reality training that mirror real-world patient care scenarios, building life-saving skills and confidence.

Ascend’s offerings of innovative online education programs include Critical Care Review, and EMS Review which are designed to help flight and critical care clinicians as well as emergency medical responders seeking 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 partner with Gilpin Ambulance Authority to provide Critical Care Readiness Clinical Education,” said Dr. Stephanie Queen, Air Methods Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. “Our training will provide them with the latest clinical techniques and practices to provide the best possible care for their patients.”

Learn more about the Ascend education program here.