Life Lion EMS

Life Lion EMS

Penn State Health Life Lion Emergency Medical Services (LLEMS) is devoted to providing quality, efficient, out-of-hospital care in a professional, compassionate, and caring environment. We're comprised of Wheelchair Transportation, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS), and Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) services that serve Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health St. Joseph Hospital. Life Lion EMS is committed to providing quality care during inter-facility transfers and when responding to emergency calls.

There are stations located in Derry Township, Lower Swatara Township, Milton S. Hershey School, Palmyra Borough, and St. Joseph Hospital in Reading to serve the hospitals, surrounding local communities, and sections of several surrounding adjacent municipalities (Conewago Township, South Hanover Township, North and South Londonderry Townships, and Hummelstown Borough).

LLEMS is an extension of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Emergency Department, which allows for continuous access of resources and quality improvement. These resources include continuing education classes for staff and surrounding EMS units occur with the help of EMS educators, Staff physicians, and residents on a monthly basis.

Penn State Hershey Life Lion Emergency Medical Services accepts applications from time to time for Emergency Medical Technicians and EMT-Paramedics. Full-Time EMT positions fall under the Teamster's Union Local 776, and are not always open to hire outside of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Part-time EMT's are non-union positions and are hired as positions are opened are often Hired from outside of PSHMC.

EMT-Paramedics are non-union positions and are hired from a general pool that is accumulated through an interview process. The interview process for EMT's and Paramedics includes a physical agility exercise and a scenario based on a medical or traumatic emergency.

If you are interested in employment, please view our Allied Health Employment website for openings. You can also contact our office at 717-531-3883 with any questions you may have.

Response Area

Penn State Hershey Life Lion Emergency Medical Services primarily covers Derry Township, Lower Swatara Township and Hummelstown Borough of Dauphin County, as well as Palmyra Borough of Lebanon County. Other primary coverage includes portions of South Hanover and Conewago Township in Dauphin County as well as North and South Londonderry Township in Lebanon County.

Hershey Station 717-531-3883
Hummelstown Station 717-566-7180
Lower Swatara Station 717-939-2690
Palmyra Station 717-838-4840
Penn State Hershey EMS Fax 717-531-3723

Penn State Hershey Emergency Medical Services has personnel and equipment available for a variety of public service activities. Crews can be booked to attend functions and activities in a non-committed environment, with blood pressure screenings, as well as other material available for distribution.

Programs/Information Offered:

  • On the Scene Calls
  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Bicycle Safety and Helmet Distribution (in coordination with the Trauma Foundation)
  • File for Life Program - designed to help EMS identify patient conditions in time of need contains
    area to document medical history, medications, physicians and patient family contact information
  • Car Seat Tagging - providing important medical and contact information on car seats for infants and toddler
  • Merchandise - Life Lion EMS Virtual Patch
  • Transport Information
  • Transport Request Form

Public Relations or crew/vehicle appearance Request Form

  • 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

If you would like additional information on any of the preceding programs, please call our office at 717-531-3883.

Life Lion Emergency Medical Services presents a monthly continuing education session and trip sheet/call audit. These sessions are held the third Thursday of each month (except Holidays) and provides two hours of Pennsylvania Continuing Education for prehospital providers.

Monthly topics range from medical updates to informative presentations done by some of The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center physicians and personnel. The monthly session begins at 18:30 EST and is held in Lecture Room T2500.. For more information about these sessions, contact Donna Fawber-Via.

Regular EMS continuing education programs are available through Penn State Hershey Medical Center and include Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Symposium, and other specialized training.

A full list of topics and classes are available through the EMS Portal on the PA DOH website @ ; On-Line and Distance Learning Programs approved by the NREMT are available at the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS); and still other distance learning approved courses can be found at CE Solutions.