Whether you need help in an emergency or nonemergent transportation to the hospital in south central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health Life Lion Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Critical Care Transport can help.

Life Lion offers 24/7 EMS and 911 response to numerous municipalities throughout Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon, York, Lancaster and Berks and Franklin counties. 

Our team of more than 400 professionals includes paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nurses, physicians, pilots, dispatchers and mechanics who are highly trained to deliver lifesaving services — including advanced and basic life support — that we deliver to the community. Our team also prepares patients for the level of care they’ll need once they arrive at the hospital.

We serve:

Life Lion EMS Community Paramedicine Program

Life Lion EMS is one of the first in central Pennsylvania to offer a Community Paramedicine Program, in which specially trained paramedics provide in-home care and follow-up monitoring for patients after their hospital discharge. Our team works with primary care physicians to make the transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible. This helps reduce the risk for a return hospital visit. Community paramedic programs nationwide show great success in reducing the impact of disease on various patient populations.

EMS Special Operation

In collaboration with the Penn State College of Medicine EMS Fellowship, Life Lion brings advanced practitioners, emergency medicine physicians, specialized equipment and medications into the community for select 911 calls as needed. This program also supports mass gatherings associated with the Hershey Entertainment Complex, Penn State Athletics including Beaver Stadium events, and other area sporting events in central Pennsylvania.

Tactical EMS

Life Lion EMS paramedics with specialized training in tactical medicine support high-risk law enforcement and homeland security operations conducted by area police departments. Their special training allows them to focus on team occupation health and treat critical injuries should they occur during crisis situations.

Special Response Teams

The Life Lion EMS special response team is trained to treat and transport patients who might have a highly infectious disease or been exposed to a chemical, biological or nuclear agent. This team conducts several drills each year and supports all levels of hospital operations.

For many years Life Lion has also provided highly trained paramedics and physicians who are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Urban Search and Rescue team, Pennsylvania Task Force 1. These paramedics have been deployed to many disasters across the country including the World Trade Center, hurricanes in the South and several local technical rescue incidents.

Critical Care

In an emergency, minutes matter. Life Lion Critical Care Transport saves precious time while delivering specialized care and treatment for the most critically ill and injured patients. Life Lion operates three medium twin helicopters under CFR Part 135 Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Our advanced aircraft technology and experienced pilots and crew allow the program to safety operate under instrument flight conditions. Two critical care ground ambulances provide a fully functional platform for patients most suited for ground transport. 

Since its inception, the Life Lion Critical Care program has transported more than 40,000 patients, including stroke and cardiac patients, accident and burn victims, infants and others, in urgent need of high-level care. 

Our Critical Care staff members are among the most highly trained clinicians in the nation. They attend countless hours of continuing education and attend advanced clinical rotations so they can provide the same level of critical care in the out-of-hospital environment during transport.

Public appearance requests

The only new events that we can consider at this time are:

  • Landing zone safety presentations for regional fire departments.
  • Hangar tours
  • Ground critical care ambulance events

Please contact us directly for these types of events.

Life Lion Public Relations Crew/Vehicle Appearance Request Form

Ride-along observational experience program

Life Lion is pleased to offer qualified local public safety personnel the opportunity to join us as an observer on the Life Lion helicopter or Critical Care ground ambulance. The observer will gain an overview of program operations, safety and patient care capabilities within the critical care transport environment.

The following steps must be completed prior to submitting the Ride-Along Observer Request form:

Print and complete the following forms. These forms and a valid photo ID must be presented on the day of your ride-along.

In addition to the forms listed above, public safety personnel will need to complete the Supervisor/Chief Verification Letter and have it signed by their supervisor or chief for presentation on the day of the ride-along.

Ride-Along Observer Request form