Wise County EMS is a preceptor site to several EMS programs and we welcome students and non-student 3rd riders to ride out with us. We do ask that students and third riders follow a few guidelines when reporting to their assigned station for their ride-out.


Each participant will comply with all Local, State, and Federal rules and regulations with regards to patient care, scope of practice, and EMS Agency Operations including all WCEMS Policies and Procedures.


  • BLS Intern – a student currently enrolled, recently completed, or is currently certified in/as an Emergency Medical Technician or equivalent.
  • ALS Intern – a student who is currently enrolled in a Paramedic Training Program and has met the requirements outlined below to function as a Paramedic intern.
  • Preceptor – the EMS person who is directly supervising and/or educating the Intern as they are doing patient care.
  • Field Training Officer – the EMS person who has been granted FTO status by the WCEMS Administrator or his/her designee.


  • All 3rd riders will be scheduled through the Supervisor or the Schedule Coordinator and documented in the Crew Schedule Program
  • The uniform will be the uniform provided by the educational institute or as defined by WCEMS leadership. It is expected that the intern, at all times, be dressed professionally, neat, clean, and comply with WCEMS policy regarding hair, jewelry, and foot gear. Students who do not comply may not be allowed to complete their ride-out.
  • It is the responsibility of the student, not the preceptor/FTO, to ensure that any paperwork that needs to be filled out on their behalf for their individual training program is done.

BLS Intern:

  • The scope of practice is limited to the scope of practice of an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services, if they have been trained to do so.
  • The Intern will NOT perform ALS procedures including, but not limited to, IV’s.

ALS Intern:

  • The scope of practice is limited to the scope of practice of a Paramedic as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • The Intern will NOT perform any ALS procedures that they have not been trained to do.

Other Status (Non-Student) 3rd Riders:

  • Allowing 3rd rider status to anyone, regardless of training/certification, is at the discretion of the Administrator or his/her designee and 3rd rider status can be revoked at anytime.
  • Non-student 3rd riders are observational only and will not be allowed to practice any patient care or skills regardless of training/certification status.
  • Non-student 3rd riders must comply with all patient confidentiality requirements of HIPPA.
  • Non-student 3rd riders must read, agree, and sign the WCEMS Waiver Agreement before they will be allowed to ride-out. (Students waiver releases are addressed through their contract between their program and WCEMS).