Kirby Ambulance Service Selects Air Methods Ascend to Provide Online Training for their EMTs and Paramedics


Air Methods Ascend program provides state-of-the-art online clinical education

MONTICELLO, IL, Aug. 3, 2023Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced today that Kirby Ambulance Service has selected Air Methods Ascend’s online EMS Review program to provide additional training for their emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

Located in Monticello, IL, Kirby Ambulance Service provides ambulatory services for Kirby Medical Center, which has been serving the healthcare needs of families in Piatt County and the surrounding areas as a not-for-profit hospital since 1941. Recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health as an Advanced Life Support Service, Kirby’s paramedic units provide advanced life support to adults, children, and infants.

“We have previously partnered with Air Methods to offer emergency air medical transportation services to those who need it with great results for the community,” said Director of Ambulance Services Crystal Alexander. “Now we are excited to also add Ascend’s online education program to help our paramedics and EMTs stay up to date on the latest clinical practices and techniques.”

The Ascend 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. 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 expand our partnership with Kirby Ambulance Service through our online education program,” said Dr. Stephanie Queen, Air Methods Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. “Our convenient online education program will help their team continue to operate at the top of their licensure while maintaining the required CEs for recertification.”

Learn more about the Ascend education program here.

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About Air Methods

Air Methods ( is the leading air medical service, delivering lifesaving care to more than 100,000 people every year. With over 40 years of air medical experience, Air Methods is the preferred partner for hospitals and is the largest community-based provider of air medical services. United Rotorcraft is the company’s products division specializing in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased, or maintained aircraft features more than 450 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

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