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.

45th Anniversary Publication

45th Anniversary TBC Insert Cover_1400pxTo celebrate its 45th Anniversary, Hall Ambulance Service produced a 24-page commemorative publication that was inserted into the Sunday, February 7, 2016 edition of The Bakersfield Californian.

The tabloid-size publication was produced by Mark Corum, director of media services, and featured photographs of each employee from every division, a timeline of Company milestones, congratulatory quotes from mayors of each of the incorporated cities serviced by Hall Ambulance, and articles about the Company’s community service and involvement.

A pdf copy of the publication can be viewed here: 02-07-16-Hall45thPub-TBC

Public Notice: CAMTS Accreditation Site Visit of Hall CCT



The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of:

Hall Critical Care Transport

On February 29th and March 1st of 2016.

The purpose of the site visit will be to evaluate the program’s compliance with nationally established medical transport standards. The site visit results will be used to determine whether, and the conditions under which accreditation should be awarded to the program.

CAMTS accreditation standards deal with issues of patient care and safety of the transport environment. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent or valid information about such matters may request a public information interview with the CAMTS site surveyors at the time of the site visit. Information presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for relevance to the accreditation process. Requests for public information interviews must be made in writing and sent to CAMTS no later than 5 business days before the site survey begins. The request should also indicate the nature of the information to be provided during the interview. Such request should be addressed to:

Office of the Executive Director

Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

PO Box 130

Sandy Springs, SC 29677

The Commission will acknowledge such written requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the program of the request for an interview. The Commission will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time and place of the meeting.

This notice is posted in accordance with CAMTS requirements and shall not be removed until

the site visit is completed.


Date Posted: January 29th, 2016

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