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By Pat Doody 

Tehachapi gets three 4x4 ambulances


Nick Smirnoff (NPPA)

Mayor Ed Grimes, Harvey Hall of Hall Ambulance, Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Wiggins, Jeff Lingerfelt new CEO of Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley and City Manager Greg Garrett at Sept. 6 dedication ceremony.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Hall Ambulance Founder and CEO Harvey Hall presented Tehachapi with three new four-wheel drive ambulances. The presentation was made at Hall's Post 11 on Pinon St. Two of the units will be placed in town, with the third at their post in Golden Hills.

The 4x4 capability will allow greater access throughout the Tehachapi Valley particularly during inclement weather. Manufactured on Ford F450 chassis, the ambulances were built to Hall specifications by Leader Ambulance, taking into consideration suggestions from paramedics and EMTs.

"The ambulances feature what the industry considers the greatest patient care experience enhancement in years – making bumpy rides a thing of the past," said Hall. He added "Their Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System provides a smoother and safer ride for transporting patients."

Nick Smirnoff (NPPA)

Manufactured by Liquid Spring, the ambulance's Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System provides a smoother and safer ride for transporting patients. Spring stiffness and damping at each individual wheel automatically and instantaneously change in response to road and driving conditions - without driver intervention.

It is a Hall tradition to display the community name on its ambulances. These 4x4 ambulances are emblazoned with "Serving Tehachapi" and "Serving Golden Hills" on the side exteriors of the patient compartment. Hall also explained that the new units carry the new paint scheme commissioned for last year's 45th Anniversary. The base is solid Omaha orange with highly reflective graphics that include an orange and blue checkerboard stripe increasing visibility during nighttime responses.

In October, Hall Ambulance will celebrate 38 years as the 911 paramedic provider to Tehachapi. "I have taken great pride in constantly pushing the bar forward in my quest to deliver exemplary patient care to the people of the Tehachapi Valley," said Hall.


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