It’s been a strange, stressful year for our flight paramedics and nurses in eastern Idaho, with pandemic challenges adding a new burden to their ordinary tasks of patient transport and wilderness rescue. A job that once consisted of ferrying critical patients from outlying hospitals to larger facilities and stabilizing patients from trips deep in the backcountry and national parks in Idaho and Wyoming, is now strained by the complications of COVID-19.

For Air Idaho flight paramedic Kimber Dameron, new challenges arose for her and many other EMS workers: forming bonds with patients through dense suits that made them look like something out of a sci-fi movie; keeping whatever they’d need for a call outside their new protective suits; and following the pace of a year that felt impossible to get ahead of.

In rural America, small medical centers have seen an influx of patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many patients have been turned away because there is simply not enough room. Planning during the past year for virtually anyone running health care systems in eastern Idaho was tough. At times for some rural hospitals, without ICU beds or the resources to care for COVID-19 patients whose health was rapidly declining, transferring patients to hospitals was an hour-by-hour affair.

Check out the recent coverage of the selfless work Air Idaho Rescue crews are doing eastern Idaho.

Our new podcast, AMPED (Air Methods Prehospital Education), is back this week with a new installment. The podcast, which was launched last month, is designed for prehospital and in-hospital care providers and sheds light on the unique and challenging clinical scenarios faced by our emergency medical crews. It is a first-of-its-kind platform in which air medical and in-hospital clinicians can share their stories from the frontlines and learn from each other’s unique experiences in providing lifesaving care.

In this week’s episode, airing today, Joe, Phil, and John are joined by critical care physicians Brian Fuller MD MSCI FCCM and Amjad Musleh MD to discuss a case study involving the complicated “mix shock” state their patient is dying from, and the treatments they chose to provide. 

Critical questions around the cause of the patient’s shock and why it might be fatal arise when typical solutions for shock aren’t working and the patient is dying. Listen in as they tackle preparing a systematic approach based on a fundamental understanding of the types of shock, figuring out the cause of shock, and choosing the right treatment.

The podcast is hosted by Joe Hill; Hawnwan “Phil” Moy, MD, Medical Director for ARCH, Air Methods Illinois and Missouri; and John Wilmas, MD, Medical Director for ARCH, Air Methods Illinois and Missouri. Collectively, the three hosts bring decades of experience in emergency medical services and an array of diverse perspectives to the table.

In the first episode, the hosts interviewed a flight nurse about a case in which a patient was thrown from a motorcycle at 105 mph and needed emergency transport. The nurse recounts the unique details of the case and his medical decision-making process that ensured the patient received the highest quality care while in transport to the hospital.

AMPED is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and more. To listen to the podcast and to see available streaming options, visit airmethods.com/newsroom/. To join the conversation, use the hashtag #AMPEDpod on social media.

Our subsidiary in Kansas and Nebraska, LifeSave Transport (LifeSave), is adding to its growing teams in Kansas and Nebraska with opportunities available for pilots, nurses, paramedics, and A&P mechanics for both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. Bases are located throughout Kansas in Colby, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Liberal, and Salina, as well as in McCook, Nebraska.

LifeSave is recruiting new crew members due to the growing need for air medical services in the region. At a time when more than 85 million Americans live more than an hour’s drive from Level I or II trauma centers, there is an increasing demand for air medical services to ensure that patients have access to necessary care centers.

“Access to lifesaving air medical services is incredibly important to communities throughout Kansas and Nebraska,” said Amy Conner, our vice president of customer experience.  “We have a wealth of talented teammates who serve these communities, and we are excited to add even more to our team. In emergency situations, minutes can mean the difference between life and death and it takes special people to answer that call.”

“Air medical staff all over the country have served bravely throughout the pandemic, not only caring for COVID patients, but also continuing to treat people suffering other serious illnesses and injuries,” our senior vice president of human resources, Heather Dumas, added. “We recognize the value of our frontline teammates and invest in them to be the best in the air medical industry. LifeSave is committed to a sense of purpose, a proud culture, opportunities for growth, extensive benefits, and a work/life balance that includes flexible scheduling.”

To apply, email your resume, area of interest, and contact information.

Everyone at Air Methods is involved in helping us achieve our mission to give more tomorrows by providing access to lifesaving care at the moment it is needed most. Our talented community of pilots, mechanics, and clinical professionals cover more than 300 bases across 49 states in order to offer care to communities that might otherwise go without. And we are looking for more dedicated crew members to join our team.

We believe our status as the industry leader and the importance we place on our mission and values allows us to attract the highest level of talented professionals. 

To keep up with the growing need for air medical transport services, we wanted to make it known we are hiring across the United States.

Positions include:

Air Methods Flight Nurse or Paramedic

Today, hundreds of thousands of people nationwide are living healthy, active lives, and enjoying time with family and friends because of the high-quality assessment, triage, and treatment they received from Air Methods’ medical personnel.

Air Methods Pilot

Air medical pilots are some of the best aviators in the world. Whether you are in command of an air medical helicopter or airplane, the number one objective is to ensure safety always remains the highest priority throughout the transport process. Being an air medical pilot presents a rewarding, satisfying career that has a profound effect on patients and their families.

Air Methods Mechanic

Detail-oriented. Self-starter. Team player. These are the qualities that make an Air Methods mechanic successful. Together with the pilot and medical crew, Air Methods field mechanics are the third equal part of the team that ensures the aircraft is mission ready.

United Rotorcraft

Integrity and dedication to continuous improvement are qualities that make a successful United Rotorcraft employee. United Rotorcraft is committed to providing 100% quality products and services to our customers, so they can successfully complete their missions.


Make a difference. Be proactive. Think outside the box. Our AirCom employees are the calm voice in the dark, fielding calls, providing flight coordination, flight following, and logistic support to keep our flight crews and patients safe.

PBS (Patient Business Services)

Patient Advocacy is in our DNA. Our dedicated PBS teams do everything they can to relieve the stress on patients and their families as they guide them through the billing and appeals process from beginning to end.

DPL (Direct Patient Logistics)

Forward looking with a comprehensive approach. Our DPL employees are the center point of coordination between all parties involved in the transfer process, helping facilities provide the best and most appropriate transport method for their patients.

Corporate Services

Our corporate services employees ensure that our flight crews are ready to answer the call when someone’s life is on the line. We dedicate ourselves to maintain equipment and supplies, coordinate logistics, and relentlessly provide the tools and expertise that allow us to successfully complete missions in the field.

Do you see yourself in one of these roles? To learn more or apply, check out our Careers page.