Honoring the Life of Mr. Hall

 

On Saturday, June 2, a Community Celebration Honoring the Life of Harvey L. Hall was held at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

In advance of the ceremony, a procession of ambulances and public safety vehicles wound their way through downtown Bakersfield to honor Mr. Hall, who is considered a pioneer of modern EMS in California.  The honorary procession ended in front of the arena where an oversized American Flag was proudly displayed between a Bakersfield Fire Department and Kern County Fire Department ladder trucks.

Just prior to the 10 a.m. start, uniformed Hall Ambulance personnel entered the Arena from the foyer walking in unison before taking their seats on the floor.

The Bakersfield Police Department and Bakersfield Fire Department Joint Honor Guard presented colors, followed by the National Anthem sung by Officer Robert Rodriguez with the California Highway Patrol.

Pastor John M. Scoggins, Jr. delivered the invocation.  Jim Camp read a letter from Monsignor Craig Harrison, who was out of the country, but had delivered a mass in Mr. Hall’s name at the Vatican.

Master of Ceremonies Corey Costelloe, the former voice of the CSUB Roadrunners set the stage that this was not a funeral but a celebration honoring a community leader who left an indelible mark on our city.

Our greatest appreciation to Gene Tackett, Dr. Horace Mitchell, Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, and John Surface for taking the stage after short video montages to personalize a different aspect of the man’s life who was known as Mr. Hall, Mayor Hall, and Doctor Hall.

Alas, Amy Hall, Mr. Hall’s daughter, provided an emotionally powerful reflection of the many positive ways her father influenced her life and the special times that they shared.

In tradition, a final call was broadcast over Hall Ambulance’s radio communications system and simulcast in the Rabobank Arena, by Emergency Medical Dispatcher Nedra Thompson, logging “Lincoln 1” off for a final time.  A lone bugle player performed Taps, followed by Amazing Grace performed by bag pipers.

Rev. Ralph Anthony with St. Peter Restoration Community Christian Ministries delivered the Benediction.

The entire event was broadcast live on the local CW affiliate, and on KERO, and KBAK.  KGET replayed the ceremony that evening.

To allow for the maximum number of Hall Ambulance employees to attend, our fellow ambulance service partners from across California responded from as far north as Sacramento to provide coverage on the streets of Bakersfield during the service.  Look for a complete recap in the next edition of the HallMark, detailing each of the ambulance companies who assisted and the logistics involved in ensuring continuity of the 9-1-1 system.

Mr. Hall has Passed at Age 77

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Founder, Harvey L. Hall has passed away at the age of 77.

Hall became ill in mid-April and was hospitalized when doctors made an initial diagnosis of an untreatable and rapidly progressive disease. At their request, Hall sought a second opinion which was confirmed at an out of town medical center on May 8.

Hall was released on May 12 and returned to his residence to enjoy the comforts of home while surrounded by his loving family and three dogs.

Plans for a Community Celebration Honoring the Life of Harvey L. Hall is being planned. Details will be released soon. The public will be invited to attend as we reflect on the life of this distinguished gentleman.

Hall dedicated a lifetime of benevolence to the city he loves and people he adores while serving sixteen years as Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor, and as founder and longtime president of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

As mayor, he followed a belief of “Unity in Our Community” eager to help recognize the accomplishments, celebrations, and pride of Bakersfield’s diverse population. Among his highest priorities was litter clean-up and beautification, tackling chronic homelessness, fostering sister city relationships, and mentoring Bakersfield’s youth.

Considered a pioneer of California’s modern EMS system, Hall started his ambulance company in 1971, from his residence, and has since grown it to be one of the largest privately-owned ambulance companies in California. With 471 employees, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Serves as the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County’s population.

Hall stepped down as president of the Company due to illness on May 7, 2018. His wife, Lavonne Hall was named president and supported by the Company’s long-time executive staff and employees will continue to operate Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

Mr. Hall Steps Down as President

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc., Kern County’s leading ambulance service, announced today that Harvey L. Hall has stepped down as president of the company due to illness.  His wife, Lavonne Hall has been named president and, supported by the company’s long-time executive staff and employees, will continue to operate the company.

Hall, who served four terms as Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor, became ill in April.  His physicians have recommended Hall step away from his day-to-day business responsibilities. Further medical treatment is currently being sought outside of Bakersfield at the recommendation of Hall’s local physicians.

Hall founded the company in 1971 and over the past  several years has implemented a succession plan to ensure that the company’s high standards are upheld. Hall Ambulance serves as the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for approximately 88% of Kern County’s population.

New Ambulance for Boron

 

 

A new advanced life support paramedic ambulance was placed into service in Boron on April 11, thanks to the continuance of a unique relationship between Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. and the Muroc Healthcare District that ensures emergency medical transportation is available for its residents.
Under the agreement, Muroc Healthcare District funds the cost for the ambulance and in return Hall Ambulance provides around the clock paramedic service to the area’s roughly 2,253 residents.
Muroc Healthcare District President Karen Caillier presented the keys to the new ambulance to Harvey L. Hall, founder and president of Hall Ambulance Service during a ceremony at Hall Ambulance’s Post 17, located at 12665 Boron Avenue, in Boron, California. “We are here once again to celebrate a model solution for rural EMS where the closest hospital emergency room is over 40 miles away,” said Hall. This marks the seventh ambulance to be placed into service under the relationship which dates back to 1994.
The new ambulance is a next-generation Hall Ambulance Paramedic Unit Type II – LE Ford Transit High Roof. Taking advantage of the Transit body shape, the ambulance is designed to allow for a more efficient and ergonomically designed work environment for the paramedic and EMT, including significantly increased headroom in the patient suite. The ambulance’s exterior features the Company’s signature branding in reflective graphics for higher visibility overlaid on an orange base coat. “Serving Muroc Healthcare District” is emblazoned on the side of the emergency vehicle as a show of community pride.
The new ambulance replaces Unit 412 which was placed into service in 2013 and served the community well, having logged over 295,000 miles of service on it.
Representatives from the Muroc Healthcare District, Boron Chamber of Commerce, and Boron Senior Center, as well as Honorary Mayor Dale Slavinski, Miss Boron, and Teen Miss Boron were on-hand to celebrate the new ambulance.

IAED ACE Re-Accreditation

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. has successfully completed the intensive 20-step process to reaccredit as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE). Its communication center is the 154th emergency dispatch center in the world to attain the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED) status as an ACE for its use of the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS®).  This distinction places Hall Ambulance among the very highest-performing emergency dispatch agencies in the world.

ACE inspires agencies to perform superior, up-to-date public care and to employ efficient use of resources when handling all emergency call situations. An accreditation lasts three years. In order to achieve reaccreditation, agencies must meet or exceed the same standards required in the initial accreditation, which requires participation from everyone in the department. Because ACE agencies abide by these standards and have fulfilled these requirements, callers can have peace of mind knowing their needs will always be appropriately addressed and that they will receive the help they need.

This is Hall Ambulance’s third accreditation, and it is one of 17 Medical ACE agencies in the state of California. It processes 100 percent of all ambulance requests for Hall Ambulance, Liberty Ambulance, and Delano Ambulance in Kern County. In 2017, the Communications Division answered a company record 115,637 requests for medical help.

Communications Division Assistant Manager Carol Dean is excited about the accomplishment.  “The feeling I got when I found out that Hall Ambulance Service’s Communications Division had successfully become a Re-Accredited Center of Excellence made me very proud and honored,” she said.

Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall can’t say enough about the dedication and efforts each staff member has shown in helping reach this milestone. He said the ACE status means the service is well equipped to respond to residents’ needs and send the right help in each situation.

“Retaining our Center of Excellence Accreditation by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch demonstrates that Hall Ambulance’s Communications Division has surpassed the industry’s highest standards and is prepared to serve Kern County,” he said. “Each of our dispatchers brings forth every day their best work. They are focused and professional.”

Just as it does for the initial accreditation, the Academy’s Board of Accreditation reviews the center’s application and documentation of the Twenty Points. “There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into reaccrediting as an ACE,” said IAED Chair of Accreditation Christof Constantin Chwojka. “We’re certainly proud of Hall Ambulance and its dedication to this process.”

Hall said being an ACE agency isn’t only significant for him and his company’s emergency dispatchers (EMDs), but he said it should mean something special to everyone in the community as well.

“Providing ambulance dispatch for Kern County’s population of 882,176 people is quite significant,” he said. “Over Hall Ambulance Service’s 47-year-history, we have built a trust with the communities we serve that when life’s unexpected moments occur, our EMDs will ensure the closest available ambulance is on its way!”

There are currently more than 180 centers throughout the world that have the Medical ACE distinction among the 3,500 centers worldwide using the fire, police, medical, and nurse triage protocols for safe and efficient response to the wide variety of emergency situations.

Employee Recognition Awards Celebrate Success

 

Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. celebrated its 47th Anniversary by hosting its annual employee recognition awards on February 6 and 8, 2018.  The event recognized Company achievements during 2017 and celebrated its 450 employees with 62 awards being presented to employees across all divisions for their exemplary performance.

Founder and President Harvey L. Hall opened the ceremony by highlighting two significant milestones in the past year.  As the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County, California’s population, Hall Ambulance for the first time received over 100,000 requests for medical aid—resulting in its emergency medical dispatchers, paramedics, and EMTs touching the lives of 102,132 individuals.

Equally impressive, its’ Communication Center, which coordinates 100% of all ambulance requests in Kern County (Delano Ambulance, Hall Ambulance, and Liberty Ambulance), processed 115,637 requests for medical aid in 2017.

Exemplary Quality Surveys, Commendations/Compliments
In 2017, Hall Ambulance received 11,783 commendations which provide valuable feedback and enables the Company to measure the quality of care delivered by its employees.  Most Patient Compliments Submitted, Daniela Duran, Pre-Biller/Data Entry, 221; Most Exemplary Quality Surveys, EMT Yoong Chu, 66; Paramedic Field Supervisor Rod Castillo, 63; Paramedic Mas Seki, 60; EMT Nicholas Grady, 52; and, Paramedic Al Henninger, 52; Most Commendations/
Compliments, Paramedic Field Supervisor Diamond Horton, 37; EMT John Gibson, 31; EMT Savvas Chaffee, 28; Paramedic Mark Gonczar, 27; and, Paramedic Brian Klemecki, 26.

Employees of the Year
Paramedic of the Year: Eddie Maldonado
Paramedic Maldonado began his career with Hall Ambulance on June 2, 2010.  During his employment, he has worked in the Bakersfield, Lamont, and Wasco service areas.  In the past year, he functioned as a paramedic preceptor training several students from the Bakersfield College Paramedic Program.  Always leading by example, he worked 46 additional shifts in 2017 with just 2 sick calls.  He received nine compliments for providing exceptional patient care.

EMT of the Year: Katie Van Allen
EMT Van Allen started her career through the Hall EMT Academy.  She always displays a positive attitude and earning 21 compliments in 2017.  She has worked in the Metro, Shafter, and Frazier Park service areas, and worked 55 additional shifts with one sick call.

Field Supervisor of the Year: Steve Prater
Field Supervisor Prater is assigned to the East Kern operating areas covering Tehachapi, Mojave, California City, Rosamond, and Boron.  His interest in EMS started as a Medical Explorer while in high school, joining Hall Ambulance as an EMT, becoming a paramedic, and today is the senior paramedic field supervisor.

He volunteers his time maintaining Tech 1, the Company’s first ambulance, which he takes to vintage professional car events.

Relief Field Supervisor of the Year: Sam Swanson
Relief Supervisor Swanson is charged with the responsibility of training individuals to become emergency medical technicians as the lead instructor for the Hall EMT Academy.

Hall CCT Ground Employee of the Year: Val Cooke
Hall CCT RN Valerie Cooke was honored for her dedication to the CCT ground program working over 4,000 hours and assisted with trained several new nurses.  She started her nursing career in England and also worked in the Middle East before moving to the United States.

Hall CCT Air Employee of the Year: Jay Macabaugh
Lead Aircraft Mechanic Jay Macabaugh is an employee with our contracted partner for aircraft operations Air Methods.  In 2017, he worked diligently to decrease maintenance out of service hours by 8% over last year even though the air division experienced a 32% increase in the number of miles flown.

Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year: Kirk Chambers

EMD Kirk Chambers accepted additional responsibility as a trainer in 2017 while maintaining a 99% EMS Compliance.  He was the Dispatcher of the Month six out of twelve months last year.

Additional employees of the year include Ambulance Division Support Employee of the Year: Scott Walters; Field Training Officer of the Year: Anthony Saccullo; Business Office Employee of the Year: Mary Martinez; Maintenance Division Employee of the Year: April Warkentin; and, Hall Commercial Vehicle Service Employee of the Year: Jesus Duran, who was also recognized as Top Producer.

Hall Ambulance Stars of Life
Mr. Hall presented six paramedics and four EMTs with the Company’s Star of Life Award for their exemplary performance which contributed to lives saved.

Paramedics Shane Courtis, Elizabeth Winfield and EMT Natasha Downs responded to a man down.  During the paramedics’ assessment, the patient became unresponsive and stopped breathing.  The crew successfully revived the patient through CPR and defibrillation.

Paramedic Thomas Han and EMT Katie Van Allen responded to a chest pain call and determined the patient was having an acute heart attack.  With assistance from Kern County Firefighters, the paramedic crew began resuscitative measures including defibrillation.  The patient regained a pulse and consciousness before being flown by Hall MEDEVAC-1 to the hospital where he underwent a successful catheterization before being discharged home several days later.

Paramedic Ryan Strange and EMT Rachelle Knight responded to a man who had collapsed while mowing his lawn.  Upon arrival, Kern County Firefighters were performing CPR on the patient.  Paramedic Strange assumed care and together with EMT Knight, they worked seamlessly to initiate advanced life support care on-scene.  The patient was eventually discharged home from the hospital with a positive outcome.

Paramedic Diamond Horton and EMT Mike Hilliard responded to a chest pain call in Wasco.  Upon arrival, the paramedic completed a 12-Lead-EKG which revealed a STEMI.  As the crew arrived at the hospital, the patient went into cardiac arrest.  The ER physician started CPR while Paramedic Horton defibrillated the patient—successfully regaining a pulse.  It was determined the patient had full occlusion of the right coronary artery.  The patient was discharged home on her birthday, which was also Christmas Day.

Paramedic Tyler Kahler was enjoying a weekend with friends at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when things changed in an instant.  Kahler’s actions that evening are commendable and worthy of recognition, yet his humbleness about his efforts and hesitation to share his story speaks to his character.  After ensuring his friends had safely returned to their hotel, Kahler declared he was going back.  With selfless bravery, he returned near the festival’s main entrance where he came across a large crowd of people with injuries.  Drawing on his professional EMS experience, he set up a triage area separating those with minor to critical injuries, and those who were fatally wounded.  Working alongside other off-duty EMS workers and members of the military they assisted 50-70 people before public safety arrived at their location.  One of the injured he encountered was off-duty Bakersfield Police Officer Aaron Mundhenke, who Kahler summoned an Uber driver to take him to the hospital.

After several hours, Kahler was escorted back to his hotel by an officer in tactical gear.  Thinking his role had come to an end, he was surprised to find another 15-20 individuals in the hotel lobby with various injuries including gunshot wounds.  He provided assistance before flagging down ambulance and fire department crews that were staging outside the hotel for assistance.

The following Saturday, Kahler returned to Las Vegas as part of the Hall Ambulance crew dedicated to bringing Officer Mundhenke home to Bakersfield.

Long-term Service Awards
14 employees were honored for their long-term employment anniversaries culminating in 180 years of service, including Hall CCT Paramedic John Wiley for 25 years of service and Mary Kenny, executive secretary to Mr. Hall for 35 years of service.

Perfect Attendance Awards
39 employees worked the entire year without a sick day, while 26 of those honored have achieved multiple years without a sick day. Paramedic Field Supervisor Mike Lopez who serves in the West Kern response area holds the distinction of working 11 years without a sick day.  Each was presented with the Iron Man or Iron Woman Award for Perfect Attendance.

The President’s Award for Customer Service
The President’s Award is presented annually to the EMT, Paramedic, or Registered Nurse who demonstrates dedication to outstanding service to the customers we serve.  The recipient is determined by taking the total number of positive Quality Surveys and compliments and dividing by the total number of transports.  This year’s recipient is Paramedic David Bentley, who is currently assigned to Post 16 in Golden Hills.

The Founder’s Award for Management Excellence
John Surface, vice president of corporate operations was honored with the Founder’s Award for Management Excellence.  Among his numerous accomplishments, Surface assisted greatly in the 911 Ambulance Provider’s Medi-Cal Alliance passing of SB 523 and the Ambulance Quality Assurance Fee increase.  He oversaw the procurement process for 30 new ambulances including critical care transport, four four-wheel-drive, and 25 transit van ambulances.  He worked extensively to get all 911 providers on the same patient care record system which is now one of the largest private/public data collection partnerships in the nation.

 

Additional awards presented

  • Most Ambulance Responses by Admin- Paramedic Field Supervisor Celia Ames, 1041
  • Most Life Saves Award- Paramedic Danielle Zarger, 3
  • Excellence in Documentation- Paramedic Carrie Barnes
  • Excellence in Documentation- EMT Adam Carrisoza
  • Most Calls Completed- Paramedic Masato Seki, 1,292
  • Most Calls Completed- Paramedic Field Supervisor Rod Castillo, 1,221
  • Most Calls Completed- EMT Yoong Chu, 1,171
  • Most Calls Completed- Paramedic Anthony Saccullo, 1,115
  • Most Calls Completed- EMT Raul Soto, 1,031
  • Most Calls Completed- Paramedic Christopher Burdick, 1,015
  • Most Calls Completed- Paramedic Joshua Frazier, 1,014
  • Most Extra Shifts Worked- EMT Bryan Newton, 129
  • Most Extra Shifts Worked- EMT Lori Tomlin, 96
  • Most Extra Shifts Worked- EMT Adam Moreno, 90
  • Most Extra Shifts Worked- Paramedic Mark Gonzcar, 89
  • Most Extra Shifts Worked- Paramedic Patrick Hoffpauir, 88
  • Accounting Department Team of Excellence Award- Teresa Steiner, Mary Talbot, and Esther Silva
  • Highest Number of Dispatched Calls- EMD Tim Wren, 8,035
  • Highest Call Taking Volume- EMD Sylvia Ricks, 6,872
  • Highest Compliments Received in Dispatch- Lead Dispatcher Tabitha Baker, 11
  • Highest First In and Arriving with Statistics- EMD Ashley Lara, 70% All Zones
  • Fastest Call Assign Time- EMD Carrie Certuche, 20.15 seconds
  • Perfect EMD Scores 2017- EMD Carrie Certuche
  • Perfect EMD Scores 2017- Lead Dispatcher Anthony Hernandez
  • Perfect EMD Scores 2017- Lead Dispatcher Laura Swank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Hall Medical Scholarship Application

Now accepting applications from graduating seniors interested in applying for the 2018 Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Medical Scholarship.

HallGradCap LogoThe $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, hygienist, etc.

 

DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION:
HLH Medical Scholarship Criteria and Application-fillable

If you are using Adobe Acrobat, download and save the application, then re-open to complete it.  Once you are finished, print the application.  If you do not have Acrobat, print and complete it.

Scholarship Deadline:  April 13, 2018

 SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

Must be a resident of Kern County and planning on attending either a Junior College or State University in 2018-2019.

  • 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; i.e., paramedic, EMT, nurse, physician, dentist, hygienist, etc.
  • Complete the attached scholarship application and include a typed statement of 300 words as follows:
    • Indicate your educational plans and career goals;
    • Include need for scholarship assistance and any special circumstances;
    • 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.

Submit all information to: Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

Medical Scholarship Committee
1001 21st St.
Bakersfield, CA  93301

Note:  If mailed, it must be postmarked no later than April 13, 2018

 

If you have any questions on the qualifications, please contact Heather Pruitt at (661) 322-1625 or pruitth@hallamb.com

Hall Donates 5 AEDs to Wasco

In an ongoing effort to improve access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places, Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall is continuing his crusade by donating five of the lifesaving devices to the City of Wasco.

The presentation took place during the Wasco City Council meeting on January 16, 2018.

The AEDs will be placed at the following locations:

  • Public Works
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Finance
  • Animal Control
  • Mechanics Shop

“As the 9-1-1 paramedic provider serving 88% of Kern County’s population, we have witnessed firsthand the difference early CPR and defibrillation by an AED can make for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest,” said Hall.

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs suddenly and mostly without warning.  According to the American Heart Association over 320,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States. It is an electrical malfunction of the heart causing an irregular heartbeat.  During SCA, the heart cannot pump blood to the brain, lungs, and other organs, causing a person to lose consciousness and have no pulse.  Death occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment; however, it can be reversible in most victims if treated within the first few minutes.  This includes immediately starting CPR while someone else calls 9-1-1 for emergency medical services and retrieves an AED if located in close proximity.

An AED is designed to be simple to use and provides audible voice prompts to guide the user through the process.  The unit will check the victim’s heart to determine whether defibrillation is needed.

In 2016, Hall placed an AED in the County of Kern’s Board Chambers and in the council chambers of the eight incorporated cities located within the Company’s 9-1-1 response areas, including Wasco and neighboring Shafter.  Last year, Hall presented an AED to the Delano First Assembly after a visitor to the church experienced a medical scare.

“It is our hope that by making these AEDs available in the communities we serve, they will one day contribute to saving a life,” said Hall.

Hall Ambulance has provided paramedic service to the city of Wasco since 2014.

Hall Inducted Into City’s Hall of Fame

Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall, who served 16 years as Bakersfield, California’s mayor (2001 – 2017) was inducted into the City of Bakersfield’s Hall of Fame at the Rabobank Arena today.

City Manager Alan Tandy made the presentation to Hall before a crowd including the current mayor, council members, department heads, community leaders, his family and leadership team at his ambulance company.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is for the City to recognize notable citizens who through their individual areas of endeavor have had a significant impact on the community.  “During his tenure as mayor, Harvey Hall was not only the City’s biggest cheerleader – he took action to foster unity in the community,” said Tandy, “This recognition is a fitting tribute to his devotion to Bakersfield.”

Since the opening of the Rabobank Arena in 1998, the City of Bakersfield has honored its rich history and notable citizens by featuring select individuals and their accomplishments in the Rabobank Hall of Fame including Buck Owens, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Majority Leader U.S. House of Representatives; NASCAR Driver Kevin Harvick, and Oakland Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr.

Hall of Fame displays consist of a picture of the honoree and a 250-word description of their achievements. Directly beneath the text display sits a locked glass case that allows for items relating to the achievements of the honoree to be put on display.

During his tenure, Mayor Hall prided himself on serving as a mayor for all of the people.  Always eager to acknowledge the accomplishments, celebrations, and inclusiveness of our great city, Mayor Hall presented 1,836 Proclamations and 10,750 Certificates of Appreciation; performed 958 Ribbon Cuttings, 91 Ground Breakings, 981 Speeches, 469 Welcomes, hosted 452 Foreign Visitors, and read 166 books to school children.

Hall focused his priorities on beautification, tackling challenging issues associated with homelessness, and giving of his time and resources to inspire Bakersfield’s youth, which included donating his entire mayor’s salary to create the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund—awarding $253,000 in financial aid to 297 local college students.

Hall founded his ambulance company on February 10, 1971, and today is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County’s population.

AEDs Donated to Tehachapi Youth Organizations

Continuing with his crusade to increase access to AEDs in public places, Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall donated two AEDs to organizations at Tehachapi’s Benz Visco Youth Sports and Cultural Park, which hosts an estimated 125,000 youth athletes, festival attendees, and spectators annually.

The presentations were made during Opening Day Ceremonies for the Tehachapi Youth Football and Cheer, and AYSO Region 479, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.  Hall Paramedic Jeffrey Gleason, and EMT Adam Moreno assisted in the presentations, and proudly displayed the American Flag during the National Anthem during AYSO’s opening ceremonies.  In appreciation of the donation, Mr. Hall was invited to do the coin toss for Tehachapi Youth Football and Cheer.

The donation of these lifesaving devices marks the ninth and tenth AEDs that Hall has donated to organizations in the Tehachapi Valley, including the City of Tehachapi, the Dye Natatorium, and the Tehachapi Senior Center in the past four years.

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 initial request for an AED came through the Tehachapi Youth Football and Cheer organization; however, after reviewing attendance statistics for the Benz Visco complex and the distances between the fields, Hall decided placing two AEDs to in secure visible locations at both fields would allow for rapid accessibility in the event of a medical emergency.  Community member Christina Scrivner was helpful in connecting these organizations with Hall Ambulance Service.

“As the 9-1-1 paramedic provider serving 88% of Kern County’s population, we have witnessed firsthand the difference early CPR and defibrillation by an AED can make,” said Hall.  “Having these AEDs available at this facility which also hosts the Tehachapi Beer and Wine Festival, Boy Scout Camp, and other community events, will make a dramatic difference in the event someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.”

Founded in 1971, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County’s population.  The Company has provided emergency medical transportation service to the Tehachapi Valley since October 1, 1979, and today provides paramedic service from its two stations in Tehachapi, and a third station located in Golden Hills.

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