Teacher Meets Her Lifesaver


The date of August 25, 2016, will be a day that Caryn Herren, a local middle school teacher will remember for the rest of her life.  Hall Ambulance Unit 342 staffed by Paramedic Field Supervisor Ryan Strange and EMT Samantha Parks responded to Ollivier Middle School for a patient with anxiety type symptoms.  Upon making contact, Herren told Paramedic Strange that she has a history of panic attacks, but this was worse than she had ever experienced.

She initially refused transport; asking the paramedic to ‘make her feel better’ and she would stay at work.  Relying on his training and experience, Strange encouraged her to be seen at the ER.  The patient agreed a

nd was loaded into the ambulance, where Strange provided basic life support care.

While enroute to the hospital, the patient advised Strange that she was feeling faint.  She suddenly became unconscious and unresponsive, followed by a seizure.  Her condition continued to deteriorate—her breathing slowing to agonal respirations and no pulse.

Immediately, the paramedic elevated his treatment to advanced life support care, initiating CPR and rescue breathes with high flow oxygen.  The monitor revealed that her heart was in V-fib, a deadly, unstable heart rhythm.  Paramedic Strange placed defib pads onto the patient’s chest and shocked her heart once, continuing CPR and rescue breathes.

As they were arriving to the ER, the patient regained an organized rhythm with a good pulse.  The paramedic continued to assist her breathing with ventilations as she was moved into the ER, at which point, she began breathing on her own.  The airway was removed and the patient started regaining consciousness.

The Hall Ambulance crew transferred care to ER staff, and by the time they were leaving to be available for the next request for medical aid, the patient was conscious and alert, and on her way to the cath lab.

dsc_0447Just five weeks later, Herren made a full recovery, and was back at school teaching sewing and cooking to the students.

On October 5, Herren was reunited with Paramedic Supervisor Strange and EMT Parks at the Hall Ambulance Community Center, located in downtown Bakersfield.  With tears of joy she expressed her appreciation to Paramedic Strange and his partner, for their efforts which she credited as saving her life.

In gratitude, she presented the paramedic crew with plaques that read, “You have never really lived, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”


Open Recruitment for Hall EMT Academy

dsc_7955Hall Ambulance Service has opened recruitment for Class 32 of the Hall EMT Academy, which begins January 2017.  Recruits are full-time employees who learn everything they need to get started working as an emergency medical technician in the Hall Ambulance
9-1-1 system.

The Hall EMT Academy is not a school, but a pathway to starting your career at
Hall Ambulance.  It is comprised of classroom and field training in an accelerated 12-week format. Upon completion, graduates will have received their state EMT certificate and will be ready to start building their EMS career at Hall Ambulance Service.

EMTs administer basic life support, operate ambulances—often responding CODE 3, and assist their paramedic-partner on scene with delivering patient care.

The minimum qualifications to apply for the Hall EMT Academy are as follows:

  • At least 20 years of age.
  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by college level course work
  • Successfully obtain EMT Certification from the Hall EMT training program.
  • Must be insurable by Hall Ambulance Service’s vehicle insurance provider.
  • Legible handwriting and the ability to use electronic reporting equipment.

Fast-Track Your Career in EMS

EMS Careers Start Here.  Hall Ambulance Service has developed a proven career-path in which an individual can fast-track their EMS career starting with the Hall EMT Academy; followed by Company-sponsored paramedic school and the opportunity to promote to a paramedic field supervisor, in a relatively short time.

After getting some experience under their belt, they may become eligible to apply for and attend the Bakersfield College Paramedic Program on a Company-sponsorship.  Hall Founder and President Harvey L. Hall, takes pride in assisting dedicated employees in moving their career forward by paying for their tuition and providing their normal hourly pay, so that they can concentrate fully on their coursework to become a paramedic.

Those wishing to take their career further, have the opportunity to work towards moving in to a management-level position—first a relief field supervisor, before promoting to a full-time paramedic field supervisor.

A Career You Can Be Proud Of While Supporting Your Family

A career in emergency medical services is something that can make you feel proud and self-sufficient.  Hall EMT Academy students earn $11.07 per hour during the EMT Academy, which lasts approximately 12 weeks.  Upon completion, their rate of pay increases to $29,500 – $60,000 plus overtime opportunities.  The base rate for a paramedic is $40,000-$80,000 plus overtime opportunities, and a paramedic field supervisor’s pay starts at $65,000.

Hall Ambulance has developed a web-page at hallamb.com/emt, which details the aforementioned career path while profiling four Hall EMT Academy alum who went from unsatisfying jobs to exhilarating careers in EMS at Hall Ambulance Service.

To apply for the Hall EMT Academy or to learn more, visit www.hallamb.com/emt.

Hall AED Crusade for City Council Chambers

07-19-16-HallAEDCrusadeIn a continued effort to improve access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places, Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall has embarked on a crusade, of sorts, to place an AED in the County of Kern’s Board Chambers, and in council chambers of the eight incorporated cities located within the Company’s 9-1-1 paramedic response areas.

The presentations kicked off with Hall making the first donation to the County of Kern Board of Supervisors, and will continue through the month of July when he visits the Arvin, Bakersfield, California City, Maricopa, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, and Wasco council meetings.  Accompanying him are Hall Paramedics and EMTs assigned to each of these areas within the Companies 9-1-1 paramedic system.  The presentations are being highlighted through social media, and can be followed with the hash tag #HallAEDCrusade.

An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias in a patient and can shock the heart back into a healthy rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layperson. An AED can make a dramatic difference when used in the first few minutes of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, prior to the arrival of ambulance paramedics and public safety personnel.

The device is an important tool in the chain of survival which includes recognizing a medical emergency, calling 9-1-1, and initiating CPR in conjunction with an AED, until EMS arrives.

“As the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for nearly 90% of Kern County, we have witnessed firsthand the difference early CPR and defibrillation by an AED can make,” said Harvey L. Hall. “In the past six weeks, we have celebrated “life saves” of two cardiac arrest survivors—a great grandmother, and a 19-year-old male, both of whom benefited from bystander CPR and AED use.”

To encourage increased placement of AEDs in places frequented by the public, and give civil protection to Good Samaritans who assist victims of sudden cardiac arrest, California revised its AED laws with S.B. 658, which went into effect on January 1, 2016. “The public needs to know that they can make a positive difference for a loved one or a complete stranger stricken by cardiac arrest without fear of liability,” said Hall.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), every hour at least 38 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital in the United States, which tallies up to more than 300,000 lives affected annually.

Almost 90% of those who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die, with only 46% of cardiac arrest victims receiving CPR before emergency medical services arrive. Sadly, AHA believes more than 70% of American’s do not know how to perform CPR.

The donations are part of Hall Ambulance’s Community AED Outreach Program, which has previously donated AEDs to senior centers located throughout the Company’s East Kern Operations Area, which includes Boron, California City, Mojave, Rosamond, and Tehachapi, and the Dye Natatorium.

In February, Hall and his wife, Lavonne presented eight AEDs to the athletic programs at CSU Bakersfield.

8th Annual Boron BBQ for Seniors



The aroma of smoked tri-tip and chicken permeated the dry desert air in Boron, California, on June 9, as the paramedics and EMTs of Hall Ambulance’s Post 17 treated members of the Boron Senior

Center to their 8th Annual BBQ Lunch Fundraiser.

Nearly 100 golden-agers and community members turned out to enjoy the delicious barbecue prepared by Paramedic Ken Sexton and EMT Donnie Self, who started preparations at dawn smoking 60 pounds of beef and poultry, low and slow.

The relationship between the Post 17 Hall Ambulance crews and the senior center is very special.  Every Thursday, the paramedics, and EMTs take the time to stop by and provide complimentary blood pressure checks for the senior citizens.  Over the years, a close bond formed, with many of the seniors calling the Hall Ambulance crews by name.


As a result, Paramedic Sexton and EMT Self decided that it would be nice to do something extra special for the seniors and the community they serve, so they decided to host a barbecue with expenses for the event covered through the Hall Ambulance crews assigned to Boron.

What’s more, the Senior Center sells tickets for the lunches with proceeds benefiting the facility’s programs.

During the luncheon, Hall Paramedics and EMTs provided their usual blood-pressure checks, plus Hands-Only and AED demonstrations.

Hall Ambulance has served the Boron community as its 9-1-1 paramedic provider since 1994, through its partnership with the Muroc Healthcare District.



Hall EMT Academy Graduation

1DSC_8490Thirteen recruits from Class 31 of the Hall EMT Academy graduated on June 7,  at the Hall Ambulance Community Center, located at 1031 21st Street, with friends and family members in attendance to help celebrate their accomplishments.

Over 1,200 people applied for a spot in the EMT Academy with those accepted into the program coming from diverse work histories including pizza delivery drivers, a high school coach, and a machinist.

The Hall EMT Academy is not a school, but a pathway to starting their EMS career at Hall Ambulance.  Recruits are full-time employees who learn everything they need to get started working as an emergency medical technician in the Hall Ambulance 9-1-1 system.

During six weeks of intensive classroom training, the recruits were introduced to the entire spectrum of EMS care including airway, respiration & ventilation; cardiology & resuscitation; trauma; medical & obstetrics/gynecology; and EMS operations.

Upon completion of the coursework, they prepared for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam.

The new EMTs are currently undergoing six weeks of field training on advanced life support ambulances.  Once they have successfully fulfilled all objectives, they will then be eligible to begin working in the Hall Ambulance system, assigned to either a Basic Life Support or Advanced Life Support ambulance.

Opportunity for the graduates does not stop there.  Hall Ambulance Service has developed a proven career path in which a motivated employee can fast track their EMS career starting with the Hall EMT Academy, followed by Company-sponsored paramedic school, and the opportunity to promote to a paramedic field supervisor or even a leadership position.

The rate of pay for a Hall EMT is $29,500 – $60,000, plus overtime opportunities (they work at a reduced wage during the EMT Academy training); the base rate of pay for a paramedic is $40,000 – $80,000, plus overtime opportunities; and, a paramedic field supervisor’s pay starts at $65,000.

For more information on the Hall EMT Academy, visit hallamb.com/emt

Hall Named Small Business of the Year

Small-Biz-2016SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) recognized Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. as the 32nd Assembly District’s 2016 Small Business of the Year. Hall Ambulance provides five star Paramedic Ambulance service to nearly 90% of Kern County. While its core focus is providing ground paramedic ambulance care, it also provides air and ground critical care ambulance services and operates an emergency dispatch center.

“Hall Ambulance Service is an example of a small business that has gone above and beyond to benefit our growing community,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “Mayor Hall has worked tirelessly to improve our neighborhoods, focusing his efforts on building ‘unity in the community’ while increasing access to health care services in the Central Valley. I am proud to recognize Hall Ambulance with this well-deserved recognition.”

Hall Ambulance Service Inc. was established by Mr. Harvey L. Hall, who currently serves as Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor. Mayor Hall is a life-long Californian, having grown up in Bakersfield and graduating from Bakersfield High School.

Starting with only one ambulance in 1971, Hall Ambulance has evolved into the third-largest privately-owned medical transportation in California. In addition, Hall Ambulance is currently the largest emergency and non-emergency medical transportation provider in Kern County. The services provided by Hall Ambulance ensure that residents throughout the region have prompt and quality responses in situations that require medical attention.

Each year, the California Small Business Association hosts California Small Business Day which recognizes small businesses throughout the state. During this celebration, each Legislator selects one honoree from their district that strengthens the local economy and contributes to the community.

Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.

New Dir. of Business Development

Holly-Arnold-Director-of-Business-Development-HallAmbHolly Arnold has joined Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. as director of business development.  In her new position, she will build upon relationships with area hospitals and extended care facilities located throughout the Company’s 9-1-1 paramedic response areas.

In addition, Arnold will establish direct contact with public officials, community groups and organizations in the Bakersfield, East Kern, and West Kern operating areas while increasing Hall Ambulance Service’s presence through various engagement activities.

Arnold brings a high-level of awareness regarding emergency services having served as CEO of the American Red Cross – Kern Chapter from 2010-2013.  Most recently, she worked as public relations manager and external communications advisor for California Resources Corporation.

Established in 1971, Hall Ambulance Service provides 9-1-1 paramedic services to the incorporated California cities of Arvin, Bakersfield, California City, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, and Wasco; and, surrounding communities including Boron, Frazier Park, Golden Hills, Lamont, Mojave, and Rosamond. Hall CCT offers regional, ground and rotary-wing critical care transport services.

Hall CCT CAMTS Reaccreditation

HallCCT-CAMTSReAccreditationHall Critical Care Transport (Hall CCT) of Bakersfield has received reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), for its rotary-wing and ground critical care transport services.  The recognition demonstrates substantial compliance in the areas of safety standards, medical direction, crew education and quality improvement.

The announcement was made after the successful completion of a rigorous three-part review process including a self-inspection, review by the CAMTS inspection team of documentation supporting the accreditation, and an onsite inspection, which included peer review from currently accredited providers. Key personnel spent the better part of a year preparing for accreditation while CAMTS staff spent over 150 hours reviewing the program and completing the site visit, followed by a 20-hour final review and decision by the board of directors.

“Achieving reaccreditation by this organization serves as a testament to the rigorous aviation and medical standards exhibited by Hall CCT’s specialized medical teams and Air Methods, our aircraft operations partner,” said Harvey L. Hall, founder, and president of parent company Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

Hall CCT first achieved accreditation in April 2013, when it became the eighth air medical transportation provider and first ground CCT provider in California to be recognized by CAMTS.  There are 181 accredited services throughout North America.

Established in 1971, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. provides 9-1-1 paramedic services to nearly 90% of Kern County, California.  The Company expanded its specialized medical transportation services to include air ambulance in December 2001, with the creation of Hall Air Ambulance.  In December 2009, the service grew to include both ground and air critical care transport services operating as Hall Critical Care Transport.

Harvey L. Hall Medical Scholarship

HallGradCap LogoGraduating seniors interested in pursuing an education in healthcare are invited to apply for the 2016 Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Medical Scholarship.

The $250 scholarship is open to Kern County students planning to enroll as a first year, full-time student at an accredited college or university in a medical field major; i.e.: paramedic, EMT, nurse, physician, dentist, hygenist, etc.


2016HallMedicalScholarship-Application  (Right-click to save the pdf document to your computer).

Scholarship Deadline: April 29, 2016

Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Medical Scholarship Criteria

Must be a resident of Kern County and planning on attending either a Junior College or State University in 2016-2017.

  • Minimum qualifying grade-point average is 3.00 for a $250 scholarship.
  • Students must be planning to enroll as a first year, full-time student at an accredited college or university in a medical field major; ie., paramedic, EMT, nurse, physician, dentist, hygienist, ect.
  • Complete the attached scholarship application and include a typed statement of 300 words as follows:
  1. Indicate your educational plans and career goals;
  2. Include need for scholarship assistance and any special circumstances;
  3. Sign and date your statement.
  • Applications can be completed then printed from our website at hallamb.com. The application is available February-April each year.
  • Provide two academic recommendations and one community recommendation. Recommendations should be typewritten and returned with your application in a confidential, sealed envelope.
  • Provide a copy of your high school transcripts.
  • Include a current original headshot photograph of yourself.
  • Submit all information to:
    Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.
    Medical Scholarship Committee
    1001 21st St.
    Bakersfield, CA  93301

For more information, please contact Heather Pruitt, at (661) 716-4279.

14 Honored as CAA Stars of Life


Photo Courtesy of Larry Venus, California State Senate Republican Caucus

California Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) recognized fourteen emergency medical services professionals, employed by Hall Ambulance Service, Inc., for their exemplary life-saving performance, dedication and compassionate care delivered to the people of Kern Countyon March 7, 2016.

The recognition was part of the California Ambulance Association’s (CAA) Stars of Life event, which recognized 50 paramedics, EMTs and emergency medical dispatchers from across the state.  Their actions are as varied as their position, but demonstrate they have stood out amongst their peers as the best of the best working in California’s private-ambulance industry.

“These first responders jump into action when we need help and protection. I’m proud to commend and honor these men and women with a Senate resolution for their bravery and commitment to making our community safe. They are some of the best of the best working in our Golden State,” said Senator Fuller.

“The experience for our fourteen Stars of Life to be honored today at the state Capitol and the Senate Resolution commendations presented by Senator Fuller will certainly serve as a milestone in each of their EMS careers,” said Harvey L. Hall, Founder and President of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. “As first responders, they seldom have the opportunity to reflect on the difference they make each time they respond to someone faced with sudden illness or a traumatic injury.”

Of significant merit are the life-saving, singular acts performed by the following Hall Ambulance Paramedics and EMTs:

  • Paramedic Chris Parks moved quickly to save an infant, in a hospital setting, when the mother alerted him that her baby was not breathing;
  • Paramedic Jason Achterberg and EMTs Adrianna Neal and Enrique Puente, who saved the life of a female who went into sudden cardiac arrest during her own retirement party;
  • Paramedic Mark Gonzcar and EMT Allen Swerdfeger, who came to the aid of a 75 year-old woman who lost consciousness and was turning blue due to choking on a piece of meat that had become lodged in her throat;
  • Paramedics William Jaeger, Eric Castro and EMT David Allard, who saved a local physician they found down on a street corner in cardiac arrest.

Additional honorees were employees recognized at Hall Ambulance Service’s 45th Anniversary Employee Recognition Awards in February, and include Paramedic Charles Brown, President’s Award Recipient; Terry Adams, manager of facilities maintenance, and the recipient of the Founder’s Award; Paramedic of the Year Recipient Keith Kinsella:  EMT of the Year Recipient Sean Tinnish; and Lashika Britton, Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year.

During their visit, the fourteen honorees from Hall Ambulance started their day by attending a special legislative briefing, before being presented with their Star of Life medals by the CAA.  They commemorated the occasion by taking a group photo on the steps of the Capitol with the other thirty-six Star of Life recipients.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas and Hall StarsThey then made their way to Senator Fuller’s office, where they received commendations, shared their inspiring stories of how EMS saves lives; and, emphasized the value private-ambulance providers offer as a key component of an effective and efficient health care delivery system.

That afternoon, Assembly member Rudy Salas took the time to meet and thank the Stars of Life for their commitment, and took a picture with them on the Assembly floor.

The day concluded with a reception, followed by an awards dinner at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, located at 100 Capitol Mall, where they received additional recognition for their achievements.

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