BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Today, Hall Ambulance celebrates 50 years of serving residents throughout Kern County.
Founded in 1971, by Harvey L. Hall from his home in Bakersfield with a $15,000 bank loan and two ambulances, he built the company based on his ideals of care, compassion & community.
His success derived from providing exemplary service and building relationships with his customers, local healthcare providers, and public safety agencies.
23ABC caught up with Lavonne Hall, current president and CEO of Hall Ambulance, about the legacy Hall Ambulance has created.
With 11 years of experience, Harvey Hall founded Hall Ambulance Service on February 10, 1971. Building off his ideals of care, compassion and community, these exacting standards detailed how every customer should be treated, the importance of providing your employees with the best tools to do their job, and why being an essential part of the communities served by the company matters.
In July 1999, Mr. Hall realized his dream of becoming the sole ambulance provider for Bakersfield.
In April 2014, Hall Ambulance completed its final expansion during the founder’s era, bringing service to Wasco and thus extending the Company’s coverage to 88% of Kern County’s population.
In 2001, Hall Ambulance created Hall Air Ambulance offering rapid response transport for the most critical and traumatic patients located in outlying areas. In 2009, Hall Critical Care Ambulance began offering service to provide regional, interfacility transport solutions by air and ground.
Hall Ambulance Founder and Bakersfield's 25th Mayor, Harvey Hall, died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in April 2018. To ensure as many Hall Ambulance employees as possible were able to attend his memorial ceremony, a mutual aid plan was put into effect using personnel and ambulances from seven different companies that traveled from as far as the Bay Area and Orange County to provide support.
In 2019, the Harvey L. Hall EMS Academy opened, which houses both academies and offers continuing education to Hall Ambulance employees and their public safety partners