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Thursday, Apr 03 2014 04:50 PM

Hall buys Wasco-based ambulance company

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BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer jburger@bakersfield.com

Hall Ambulance has bought another ambulance company, increasing the share of territory claimed by Kern County's largest ambulance company.

Reports to the Kern County Board of Supervisors indicate Hall Ambulance -- owned by Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall -- bought Kern Ambulance on March 27.

Kern Ambulance was based in Wasco and provided ambulance service to Wasco, Lost Hills and a long strip of territory running from just north of Bakersfield to the northwest corner of Kern County.

On Tuesday supervisors are slated to transfer control of Kern Ambulance's exclusive operating territory to Hall.

Under county rules, all areas in Kern County are assigned to be covered by a single ambulance company that retains control over the area as long as it can meet county service standards.

The purchase leaves only two areas of Kern County that are not assigned to Hall Ambulance.

Delano Ambulance Service serves Delano and McFarland and a large portion of northern Kern County. Liberty Ambulance Service provides ambulances for Ridgecrest, Inyokern and the Kern River Valley.

“I am excited about this opportunity to bring quality, Hall Ambulance paramedic services to the city of Wasco and Lost Hills,” Hall said in a prepared statement.

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