Five AEDs Donated to Tehachapi

In an ongoing effort to improve access to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places, Hall Ambulance Founder and President Harvey L. Hall continued his crusade by donating five AEDs to the City of Tehachapi at its June 19 council meeting.

These lifesaving devices will be placed at the following locations:

  • City Hall
  • City Hall Annex
  • Police Department
  • Public Works Yard
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant

The City of Tehachapi was originally looking to budget for the AED’s when Ashley Whitmore, the Administrative Manager/Deputy City Clerk contacted Hall Ambulance seeking recommendations for which AED model to purchase.  Upon learning of the inquiry and the intended locations, Mr. Hall insisted on donating the devices.

“It’s a positive feeling for me to be able to increase the number of AEDs available throughout Tehachapi that can be used in the event of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Hall.  Previously, he has placed AEDs into the senior center, and the Dye Natatorium.  In 2016, Hall presented AEDs to each of the council chambers within the Company’s 9-1-1 response area, including Tehachapi, California City, Bakersfield, Arvin, Shafter, Wasco, Maricopa, and Taft; as well as inside the County of Kern’s Board of Supervisors chambers.

Earlier this year, Hall donated an AED to the Delano First Assembly after a visitor to the church experienced a medical scare.

In February 2016, Hall and his wife, Lavonne presented eight AEDs to the athletic programs at CSU Bakersfield.

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.

“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.

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 Tehachapi since October 1, 1979, and today provides around the clock paramedic services from its two stations in Tehachapi, and an additional station located in Golden Hills.


Hall Medical Scholarships

Thirteen high school seniors were awarded the Harvey L. Hall/Hall Ambulance Service Medical Scholarship for the 2016/2017 school year.  The presentations were made by Hall Ambulance leadership during high school ceremonies held at the end of the school year.

The scholarship was created to assist college-bound seniors interested in pursuing an education in healthcare.  As the need for qualified healthcare practitioners in our communities continues to grow, it is the home of Founder and President Harvey L. Hall that a number of the scholarship recipients will one day dedicate themselves to providing quality care to the people of Kern County.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

  • Madeline Karnes, Bakersfield Christian High School
  • Emily Hazelton, Bakersfield High School
  • Marissa Scofield, California City High School
  • Morgann Hagar, Frontier High School
  • Alexandra McCullum, Garces Memorial High School
  • Nathalie Delgadillo, Golden Valley High School
  • Bryson McCathron, Highligh High School
  • Leyna Arias, Mira Monte High School
  • Ashleen Sodhi, Ridgeview High School
  • Gloria Verdugo, Shafter High School
  • Kuldeep Gill, South High School
  • Nancy Dinh, Stockdale High School
  • Hannah Keosouphanh, West High School

Since its inception in 1999, Hall Ambulance Service has awarded 267 scholarships totaling $66,750 in financial aid to local college students.

Mr. Hall Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Harvey L. Hall receives his honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from CSUB, presented by President Horace Mitchell, Ph.D., with John Nilon, Alumni Trustee, The California State University.


Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Founder and President Harvey L. Hall was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree, conferred in the names of the California State University and California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) at the spring 2017 commencement on May 19.  An honorary doctorate is CSUB’s highest honor.

The presentation was made by CSUB President Horace Mitchell, Ph.D., who stated, “Harvey Hall’s support for CSUB and our community is upfront and unwavering.  The criteria established for awarding the honorary doctorate include distinction in the nominee’s chosen field of endeavor, widely recognized eminence, and demonstrated values consistent with those of higher education and the highest ideals of the chosen field.  Harvey Hall embodies, exemplifies, and exceeds those criteria.”

Hall is a longtime supporter of CSUB.  In 2014, President Mitchell presented then-Mayor Hall with the CSUB President’s Award for his leadership, commitment, and service to the University and the community.  In 2010, the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration Executive Advisory Council honored then-Mayor Hall with the prestigious John Brock Community Service Award for his strong record of exemplary community engagement and service.

Widely esteemed as a pioneer of emergency medical transportation services in California, his Company, Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. is the 9-1-1 paramedic provider for 88% of Kern County’s population which includes the incorporated cities of Bakersfield, Arvin, Taft, Shafter, Wasco, Tehachapi, California City, and the communities of Lamont, Frazier Park, Mojave, Rosamond, and Boron.  Hall Critical Care Transport provides both ground and air CCT service from San Francisco, to San Diego.

The prestigious recognition was a cornerstone moment for Hall.  In his honorary doctorate statement, he remarked, “We all strive to make a difference in humanity but sometimes wonder about our individual contribution.  You never know what the catalyst will be that changes your life.  Mine came in 1960 in the form of a dare to go on an ambulance ride along.  From that moment forward, I made it my life’s work to respond to people in need and treat them with dignity and pride through exemplary service.”

His commitment carried on when Hall was entrusted by the people of Bakersfield to serve as their 25th mayor for 16-years—the longest in the city’s history.  Affectionately known as Mr. Bakersfield, he has been a leading advocate for quality of life, beautification, serving as a mayor for all of the people under the belief of building unity in our community.

During his tenure, Hall presented 1,836 proclamations, issued, 10,750 certificates of appreciation, welcomed new business with 958 ribbon cuttings and 91 ground breakings, delivered 981 speeches, 469 welcomes, including 452 foreign visitors.  “Nothing made me happier than to celebrate the accomplishments, celebrations, and achievements of Bakersfield’s residents,” Hall said.

His desire to be inclusive reached across borders and oceans through his work with the Bakersfield Sister City Project Corporation to establish relationships with Queretaro, Mexico; Bucheon, Republic of South Korea; and, Amritsar, India.

Hall’s commitment to Bakersfield’s youth was evidenced through the donation of his entire mayor’s salary to fund the Mayor Harvey L. Hall Scholarship Fund, which awarded $253,000 in financial aid to 297 students.

“I have devoted a lifetime to serving the people and city that I care so passionately about,” said Hall, “The conferment of this honorary degree from our state’s university system provides me clarity for a job well done.”

Legislature Honors 13 as Stars of Life

The 13 Hall Ambulance Service employees honored on Monday at the state Capitol returned to Kern County after a whirlwind day of honors.  They were amongst 48 EMS professionals from across California to receive recognition as part of the California Ambulance Association’s Stars of Life Celebration, which acknowledges and honors the dedicated professionals in the ambulance services industry.

The Hall Ambulance Service employees included Paramedic Rod Castillo, Mark Corum, director of media services; Paramedic Rick Davis, Paramedic Ryan Strange, Paramedic Marsha Aase, EMT William Cassidy, Paramedic Josh Edwards, Paramedic Eddie Maldonado, EMT Brooke Carmona, EMT Adam Moreno, Paramedic Masato Seki, EMT Vera Chinn, and EMD Tabitha Baker.

For many, it was their first visit to Sacramento, and a day like no other—filled with praise and appreciation for their actions, whether for a single, life-saving act, as employees of the year, or stand-out recognition from Founder and President Harvey L. Hall.

The Stars kept to a busy schedule starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel where leadership of the California Ambulance Association bestowed upon them their Stars of Life medals.

All 48 Stars were shuttled to the Capitol to begin meeting with their local legislators.  For the Hall Ambulance honorees, that started with Assemblymember Vince Fong (District 34) escorting them onto the floor of the Assembly for pictures.

Afterward, they received public recognition from Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (52nd District), a fellow EMT and Stars of Life alum who was recognized by the CAA in 2006, while the Assembly was in session.

Next, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller hosted the Hall Ambulance Stars in her office, presenting each of them with a framed Senate Resolution recognizing their individual acts of heroism and dedication to the people they serve in Kern County.  “It’s an honor for me to recognize these first responders from my district with a Senate Resolution for their heroic actions that they provide for our community. These are the true heroes of our community who don’t think twice about their own safety to assist others,” said Senator Fuller.

Senator Fuller then acknowledged all 48 Stars of Life recipients while the Senate was in session, specifically highlighting the 13 employees from Hall Ambulance who serve in her district.

The visit at the Capitol wrapped up with Assemblymember Rudy Salas (District 32) welcoming the Stars into his office, where they shared their lifesaving stories.

The evening concluded back at the Embassy Suites with an awards dinner featuring a keynote address from Assemblymember Vince Fong.

One by one, each Star’s nomination for why they were selected was read to the audience.  Finally, each honoree was presented with a CAA Stars of Life lapel pin that they can proudly wear on their uniform to let their patients know that they are being cared for by one of California’s outstanding EMS practitioners.

13 To Be Honored as Stars of Life

The State Legislature is scheduled to recognize 48 paramedics, EMTs, emergency medical dispatchers, and support personnel from across California as Stars of Life, on Monday, April 3, 2017.  Amongst the honorees are 13 EMS professionals employed by Kern County’s Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.

The recognition is part of the California Ambulance Association’s (CAA) Stars of Life Celebration that acknowledges and honors the dedicated professionals in the ambulance services industry.

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

  • Paramedic Rick Davis’ advanced life support care for a cardiac arrest victim on Christmas Eve resulted in the patient surviving and spending another Christmas with her family.
  • Paramedic Ryan Strange, who convinced a middle-school teacher that her severe panic attack could be, and indeed was, something else—cardiac arrest.
  • Paramedic Marsha Aase, and EMT William Cassidy, who saved the life of a great -grandmother who went into sudden cardiac arrest.  [Note: Irene Sample’s great-grandchildren performed CPR until EMS arrived.  For their efforts, they rode on the American Heart Association Float in this year’s Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.]
  • Paramedic Josh Edwards, and EMT Brooke Carmona who saved the life of a 19-year-old who suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball.
  • Paramedic Eddie Maldonado, and EMT Adam Moreno who performed exemplary when faced with responding to a co-worker’s need for medical aid due to a cardiac complaint.

The remaining honorees are the President’s Award, and Founder’s Award recipients, and the Employees of the Year announced at Hall Ambulance Service’s 46th Anniversary Employee Recognition Awards in February:

  • Relief Supervisor Rod Castillo- Recipient of the President’s Award for Customer Service
  • Mark Corum, Director of Media Services- Recipient of the Founders Award for Management Excellence
  • Paramedic Masato Seki- Paramedic of the Year
  • EMT Vera Chinn- Emergency Medical Technician of the Year
  • Tabitha Baker, EMD- Emergency Dispatcher of the Year

The Stars have a busy itinerary planned for the day, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel where leadership of the California Ambulance Association will bestow upon the honorees their Stars of Life medal.   Afterward, they will embark to the Capitol where they will gather for a group photo of all 48 Stars of Life.

At noon, they will head to the Assembly Gallery to be honored for their heroic acts and dedication to patient care.

At 12:30 p.m. they are scheduled to meet with Assembly Member Vince Fong (Room 4144); followed by a meeting with Senator Andy Vidak (Room 3082) at 1:15 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., they will visit with Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (Room 305), who is scheduled to present each Star with a Senate Resolution recognizing their individual achievements.

At 2:00 p.m., they will head to the Senate Gallery for additional recognition as Stars of Life.

The day will conclude with a reception, followed by an awards dinner at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, located at 100 Capitol Mall.

2017 Hall Medical Scholarship

HallGradCap LogoGraduating seniors interested in pursuing an education in healthcare are invited to apply for the 2017 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, hygienist, etc.


2017-HLH Medical Scholarship Criteria and Application (Right-click to save the pdf document to your computer).

Scholarship Deadline: April 14, 2017
Submit all information to:
Hall Ambulance Service, Inc.
Medical Scholarship Committee
1001 21st St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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 2017-2018.

  • 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:
  • Indicate your educational plans and career goals;
  • Include need for scholarship assistance and any special circumstances;
  • Sign and date your statement.
  • Applications can be downloaded from our website at, and must be typewritten.  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.



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

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, 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

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.



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