2024 Lights & Sirens

The 2024 Harvey L. Hall Lights & Sirens Memorial Invitational is set for Monday, April 15 at Stockdale Country Club.

Schedule of Events
10 a.m. Registration Opens
11 a.m. Lunch is Served
12 p.m. Shotgun Scramble
5 p.m. Awards & After-Party

The Lights & Sirens Invitational was established in 2008 when Harvey L. Hall identified the need that burn survivors and their families required a commitment of long term care and special assistance while on their road to recovery.  Since then, more than a half-million dollars has been raised to support these needs through the generous support of our local public safety, EMS, and business community partners.

Tournament proceeds benefit Kern County burn survivors and their families through programs offered by the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Kern County Firefighters Burn Survivor Trust.

Join the Hall Family in carrying forward Mayor Hall’s legacy of service and community giving through the Harvey L. Hall Lights & Sirens Memorial Invitational. Your support will assist local burn survivors and their families when they need it most!

Download the pdf 2024 Lights and Sirens Sponsor and Registration – Fillable Form

Class 45 Graduation

After ten weeks of full-time, intensive training, eleven recruits graduated from Class 45 of the Hall EMT Academy.  The ceremony took place on Tuesday, December 19 at 3 p.m. at The Collective, 931 19th Street in downtown Bakersfield.

EMTs work on the front line of emergency medical services.  They provide or assist with patient care and safe transport to the hospital by ambulance.

Established in 2001, the Hall EMT Academy provides individuals with free, paid training as they prepare to become emergency medical technicians.  Upon completing the program, they are guaranteed a full-time position with Hall Ambulance, where they will respond to 9-1-1 calls for medical aid as Kern County first responders.

Training began on September 12 at the Harvey L. Hall EMS Academy and covered company orientation, healthcare provider CPR, and the EMT course in which they were taught about patient assessments, airway management, pharmacology, shock & resuscitation, medical and trauma emergencies, mass casualty incidents, and more.

All 11 students passed the rigorous NREMT Exam on their first attempt and are currently obtaining their state and county EMT certificates.  They will soon begin five weeks of on-the-job training with a field training officer.

The starting wage for a new Hall EMT is $43,825.60/year, plus an extensive benefits package.

Congratulations to the graduates of Class 45 of the Hall EMT Academy:

Priscilla Barajas-Salgado

Brayden Eugene Bergeron

Kristofer David Downey

Justin Finney

Daniel Gonzalez Nuñez

Haley Danielle Heck

Ricardo Angulo-Lopez

Selene Guadalupe Orozco

Angie Maria Salguero España

Kathie Salguero

Guillermo David Toledo

NEMSMS Moving Honors

(BAKERSFIELD, CA) — Hall Ambulance has been selected by the National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) as the second stop and host site for its Moving Honors program on Saturday, June 24, at 9 a.m.  The ceremony is a cross-country procession marking the countdown to the National EMS Memorial Service Weekend of Honor, recognizing EMS responders who died in the line of duty.

Moving Honors begins the day before in Riverside and will travel 6,500 miles in 28 days before arriving in Arlington, VA, for the National EMS Weekend of Honor July 21 -23.

The Bakersfield event will feature the Moving Honors ambulance, a replica of the Tree of Life with leaves containing the names of the 59 fallen EMS workers being honored this year, and artwork of the National EMS Memorial.  Their names will be read aloud, followed by a moment of silence.  Additional ceremony details are being finalized and will be announced later this week, including an emergency vehicle procession after the ceremony, escorting the Moving Honors ambulance out of town as it heads to its next stop in Las Vegas for the American Ambulance Association Annual Conference.

The one-hour event will take place at Hall Ambulance’s downtown Bakersfield campus, in front of the Hall Ambulance mural at 21st and N Streets.

The event is free, and EMS and public safety workers (past and present) and the community are invited to attend.

 

About the National EMS Memorial Service

The organization’s mission is to honor those in EMS from air and ground who have made the ultimate sacrifice, having died in the line of duty and it is the organization congressionally sanctioned to conduct the annual service. Visit us at www.national-ems-memorial.org.

 

 

 

 

Employees of the Year

 

On May 25, Hall Ambulance presented its Annual Founder’s Awards, recognizing the employee of the year for each division within the Company.  In addition, the President’s Award for Customer Service was presented to EMT Vladimir Dragosavlevich, and the Founder’s Award for Management Excellence was presented to Jenny Ramirez, director of HR.

Congratulations to Hall Ambulance’s Employees of the Year:

Paramedic Shrey Patel, relief supervisor
Paramedic of the Year

EMT Felipe Hernandez II
EMT of the Year

Paramedic Armando Lazaro, field supervisor
Field Supervisor of the Year

Paramedic Rod Castillo, relief supervisor
Preceptor of the Year

EMT Ricardo Hernandez Cervantes
Field Training Officer of the Year

EMT Everett Sutton 
Hall Critical Care Transport Employee of the Year

Chase Wooten
Supply Technician of the Year

EMT Krystal Barboza
Support Staff of the Year

EMD Julianne Solano
Dispatcher of the Year

Teresa Steiner
Finance Department Employee of the Year

Krystal Mascarinas
HR Employee of the Year

Angelina Montalvo, Prebiller
Business Office Employee of the Year

Scott Benskin
Maintenance Technician of the Year

Larry Sims
Maintenance Detailer of the Year

Emilio Duran
Hall Commercial Vehicle Service Top Producer

Miguel Garcia
Hall Commercial Vehicle Service Employee of the Year

 

 

National EMS Week

National Emergency Medical Services Week has been designated as May 21 – 27, 2023, to celebrate the paramedics, emergency medical technicians, dispatchers, and others who provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This year’s national campaign theme, ‘Where Emergency Care Begins,’ reminds the public of EMS’s most important mission of responding appropriately to those who fall victim to sudden illness or injury and providing critical interventions in the field to save lives and improve outcomes.

“Medical emergencies generally don’t get put on hold or occur during “regular business hours,” said Lavonne C. Hall, president, and CEO of Hall Ambulance.  “That’s why every component of Kern County’s EMS system operates 24/7, 365 days a year, with specially trained personnel ready to respond to those suffering from sudden illness or injury.”  That is why having a week dedicated to EMS workers is so meaningful.  “Once a year, we like to take a symbolic pause in honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week to celebrate the members of our local emergency medical services system who come together for every single 9-1-1 request for medical aid,” Hall said.

Locally, Hall Ambulance is celebrating with several employee events to thank the paramedics, EMTs, CCT RNs, dispatchers, and support personnel whose involvement comes in before, during, or after the request for medical aid.

  • EMS Week Family Picnic: Employees and family members will enjoy a BBQ lunch, games, and prize giveaways.
  • EMS Week Gift Bags: Over the week, Hall Ambulance’s nearly 500 employees will receive appreciation bags filled with fun Hall Ambulance-branded items for their enjoyment.
  • Founder’s Awards: This signature event will honor each division’s employee of the year, including paramedic, EMT, RN, and dispatcher.  In addition, the recipients of the Founder’s Award for Management Excellence, and Hall Ambulance’s highest award, the President’s Award for Customer Service, will be announced.

MORE ABOUT EMS WEEK 

May 21-27, 2023, is the 49th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities.

NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.

Strides4CJD – Bakersfield Oct. 15

 

Now in its sixth year, Strides for CJD – Bakersfield has been selected as the CJD Foundation’s regional event for central and southern California families,

friends, and community members who would like to walk in honor or memory of a loved one affected by Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).

CJD is a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no treatment or cure.  Proceeds benefit the CJD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, to provide family support, medical education, and research programs.

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, October 15, on the campus of California State University Bakersfield at the Harvey L. Hall Family Plaza, 9001 Stockdale Highway.  Hall served four terms as the city of Bakersfield’s 25th mayor and was a respected pioneer of emergency medical services. He lost his battle with the sporadic form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in May 2018, just two weeks and seven hours following diagnosis.

Onsite registration opens at 9 a.m., and the leisure walk through the CSUB campus begins at 10 a.m. Additional activities are being planned and will be announced on the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Strides4CJDBakersfield.

Participants can register online by clicking on the Bakersfield event at www.strides4cjd.com, and walk as individuals or create or join a team named in tribute to a loved one affected by CJD. The early bird rate for an adult walker is $30 and $20 for youths through September 14. Those who register by August 23 will receive a free event t-shirt.

Strides for CJD – B

akersfield is seeking corporate sponsorships for its 2023 event, ranging from $250 to $20,000 for premier-level support. Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and corporations should contact Mark Corum, co-captain at bakersfieldstrides@outlook.com, before July 30 to discuss and enjoy full sponsorship benefits.

While CJD affects one in a million, you are not alone! Coming together with others who are going or have gone through the progression of the disease with a friend or family member can bring a sense of comfort, togetherness, and healing.

Strides for CJD – Bakersfield is one of 22 events held in cities across the United States during the first two weekends of October. Funds raised through Strides for CJD have positively impacted the CJD Foundation’s ability to provide and support the following programs.

Helpline and Support Groups: Helping families navigate their first days or weeks of diagnosis and caregiving.

Medical Education: Connecting with medical education departments of hospitals around the US to offer medical lectures from CJD experts about diagnosis, caregiving, and other vital information.

Advocacy: One of the best ways to help advance prion disease research is to ensure that legislators are educated about prion disease/CJD, its impact on patient families, and what’s needed to study the disease and move towards a cure. The CJD Foundation has been working harder than ever to amplify the voices of patients and caregivers in Washington, DC, and to advocate for increased funding for CJD surveillance and

research.

Research Grants: To date, the CJD Foundation has awarded 77 grants, totaling more than $4 million, to help support scientists who study prion disease. This year, for the first time, the CJD Foundation awarded a fellowship to an emerging scientist, in addition to awarding seven research grants.

ABOUT CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE

According to the California Department of Public Health, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a rare disease of the brain and nervous system in humans that is part of a group called prion diseases. In these diseases, prions (proteins that are naturally found in the body) change shape, build up in the brain, and destroy brain and nerve tissue, causing nervous system disorders. These disorders include rapid onset dementia, personality changes, memory problems, impaired vision, difficulty walking, moving, and speaking, all of which worsen over time and ultimately lead to death. There are different types of CJD based on how the disease is caused.

California had 221 new CJD cases from 2013 to 2019, with 25 to 36 cases reported yearly. Of these cases, 172 (78%) were reported to have died with CJD.

About 1 out of every 3 cases were reported in Los Angeles County (40 cases) and San Diego County (37 cases).

A confirmed diagnosis can only be completed by examining brain tissue during an autopsy. There is no cure for CJD, and treatment is provided only to assist with ma

naging symptoms and to make the CJD patient more comfortable.

ABOUT THE CJD FOUNDATION

The CJD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports families affected by prion disease. Programs include research grants, a seven-day HelpLine, family support groups, medical education, and an annual conference for families and scientists. For more information, call 800-659-1991, visit www.CJDFoundation.org, or email help@cjdfoundation.org

Founder’s Day Feb. 10th

Friday, February 10, marks the 52nd Anniversary of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc., celebrated by the Company as Founder’s Day.

The prologue leading to the Hall Ambulance story began in 1960 when Harvey L. Hall was working as an orderly at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. He ran into a friend working as an ambulance attendant who dared Hall to go on a ride along with him, citing they would have a good time running around with the red lights, sirens, and all that stuff.

In a 1991 article in The Bakersfield Californian, Mr. Hall reflected on that moment that would pave the way for a 58-year career in pre-hospital care. “I took him up on his dare,” Hall recalled. “To my surprise, the next morning, his boss called and asked me if I enjoyed the ride. I confessed that I had. He offered me a job. That’s what I have been doing ever since. That was September 1960.”

With 11 years of experience under his belt, Mr. Hall had developed a vision for the type of ambulance company he desired to build based on his ideals of care, compassion, and community. “I really felt there were things that could be done differently in this business. I wanted to create a company that could be more service-oriented, a company that would become an important part of the community,” he said.

On February 10, 1971, with a $15,000 bank loan, two ambulances, and a lot of enthusiasm, Hall Ambulance Service began answering the call from his residence, located at 1307 S. H Street serving as headquarters.

Under his tenure, referred to as the Founder’s Era (1971-2018), Mr. Hall grew his business based on building relationships with the local hospitals, public safety agencies, communities, and customers served (Mr. Hall didn’t call them patients). He was an innovator, always at the forefront of defining standards in patient care, including the implementation of paramedics in February 1975.

In 2018, Mr. Hall became ill, and just two weeks and seven hours after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, his battle came to an end on May 19. His impact as a pioneer in pre-hospital care carries on. In 2020, the National EMS Museum and the California Ambulance Association named Harvey L. Hall as one of 17 native Californians responsible for shaping EMS in the United States.

In celebration of Founder’s Day, a handout was created providing an abbreviated biography of Harvey L. Hall and the Ambulance Company he Built. The document can be downloaded here. Founders Day Abbreviated Biography Final

Hall EMT Academy Recruitment

Hall Ambulance has opened recruitment for Class 44 of the Hall EMT Academy, starting on May 16, 2023.  The program prepares individuals in under ten weeks to start working in the Hall Ambulance 9-1-1 system as an emergency medical technician (EMT).

An EMT works on the front line of emergency medical services as a first responder, assisting with patient care and providing safe transport to the hospital.

Training takes place Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Harvey L. Hall EMS Academy, a state-of-the-art training facility. Weekly lectures are supplemented with hands-on skills, assessment training, quizzes, and exams that allow you to test your knowledge.

There is no cost for the recruits; plus, they receive a training wage while completing the program. Upon successful completion, Hall EMT Academy graduates start their new careers earning $43,825.60/year. In addition, employees receive a benefits plan including medical, dental, vision, life, flex spending, long-term disability, and 401(k), preparing them for retirement.

Established in 2001, The Hall EMT Academy has helped hundreds of individuals start their careers in emergency medical services. Several alumni have advanced, becoming paramedics, field supervisors, and management team members.

The Company provides a tremendous career path for those EMTs wanting to progress their career by applying for sponsorship into the Hall Paramedic Academy. New paramedics start at $65,000/year, plus benefits.

The minimum qualifications to apply for the Hall EMT Academy include: a high school diploma or GED completed, a valid driver’s license, at least 20 years of age by the time training starts, and a driving record insurable by Hall Ambulance Service’s insurance provider.

You must be available and willing to work all assigned shifts – nights and weekends included and be able to lift objects weighing up to 75 pounds.

For more information on the Hall EMT Academy, go to www.hallambcareers.com/emtacademy. The deadline to apply is March 24, 2023.

Lights & Sirens Invitational April 10

The tournament committee has set a date for the 13th annual Harvey L. Hall Lights & Sirens Memorial Invitational, benefiting Kern County burn survivors and their families.  This year’s event returns to the Stockdale Country Club on Monday, April 10, with registration opening at 10 a.m., a catered lunch at 11 a.m., and a shotgun scramble at noon.

The Lights & Sirens Invitational was established in 2008 when Harvey L. Hall identified the need that burn survivors and their families required a commitment of long-term care and special assistance while on their road to recovery.

Since then, more than a half-million dollars has been raised to support these needs through the generous support of our local public safety, EMS, and business community partners.  Tournament proceeds are distributed between the two local organizations dedicated to assisting burn survivors.  The Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation uses the funds to provide burn survivor & family support, burn care professional assistance, and burn prevention education.  The Kern County Firefighters Burn Survivor Trust uses the funds to provide burn camp sponsorships, regional burn center support, and survivor scholarship awards.

Individual golfers can register for $200, while team foursomes are available for $800.  The committee is also seeking tournament sponsors with a deadline of March 20 to maximize sponsor benefits.  Download the player registration and sponsorship brochure here.

Harvey L. Hall Memorial Highway

This morning, a dedication took place for a portion of the Westside Parkway, named the Harvey L. Hall Memorial Highway, in honor of Bakersfield’s longest-serving mayor and founder of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. The stretch of roadway will run between the Coffee Road off-ramp, heading west, and the on-ramp at Allen Road, heading east.
Assemblyman Vince Fong, (R-Kern County) introduced ACR 64 in April 2021, which was co-authored with Assemblymember Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield; Senator Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger; and Senator Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield. The resolution received unanimous support on the Assembly and Senate floors and the Assembly Transportation Committee.
As a pioneer of modern emergency medical services and Bakersfield’s 25th mayor, Harvey L. Hall embraced his motto of “Unity in Our Community” with a lifetime of service to Kern County.
The prologue leading to Mr. Hall’s 58-year career in the ambulance business started on a dare, literally. Working as a hospital orderly, Hall ran into a friend working as an ambulance attendant who dared the 19-year-old to go on a ride-along. The next day, he was offered a job with the company, changing the course of his life.
In 1971, with a $15,000 bank loan and a vision to build the best ambulance company in the nation,
Mr. Hall founded Hall Ambulance Service, with his residence serving as headquarters.
Through the years, he grew his ambulance company to neighboring cities and communities while staying at the forefront of EMS evolution and innovation. Today, Hall Ambulance serves 94% of Kern County’s population.
His impact on the private ambulance industry ran deep. In 2020, on the 50th Anniversary of California’s Wedworth-Townsend Paramedic Act, Mr. Hall was profiled by the National EMS Museum and the California Ambulance Association as one of 17 Californians responsible for shaping EMS in the United States.
As Bakersfield’s 25th Mayor, Hall served four terms (2001-2017) where he performed 958 ribbon cuttings with his famous oversized scissors, led 91 groundbreakings, and issued 10,750 Certificates of Appreciation and 1,836 Proclamations to community members.
Mayor Hall donated his mayoral salary to create the Mayor’s Scholarship awarding $253,000 in funds to 297 local college students.
Mayor Hall was focused on creating community pride by encouraging residents to get involved. He organized the Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Committee and the local Great American Cleanup, where volunteers would perform litter cleanup, graffiti removal, and beautification projects each spring.
To create a positive first impression of Bakersfield for those traveling along the city’s roadways, he hosted 116 Mayor’s Freeway Cleanup events, picking up litter alongside volunteers on the freeway on-and-off ramps running through Bakersfield.
Signage for the Harvey L. Hall Memorial Highway was paid for through private funds at no expense to taxpayers.
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