On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Hall Ambulance will donate not one, but two Automated External Defibrillators to senior centers located in the East Kern communities of Rosamond and Tehachapi. Hall Ambulance founder and president Harvey L. Hall is scheduled to travel to both communities to make the presentations.
The presentation at the Tehachapi Senior Center, 500 E. "F" St., will be at noon.
The donations are a part of Hall Ambulance’s community outreach program which has previously donated AEDs to senior centers in Boron, California City and Mojave.
The availability and placement of an AED in a public place such as a senior center can make a tremendous difference for someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, which is an electrical malfunction of the heart which disrupts its normal rhythm. A sudden cardiac arrest victim requires defibrillation, by a medical professional such as a paramedic or a trained layperson using an AED, to stop ventricular fibrillation. In such cases, time is of the essence for survivability. For every minute that passes without a shock to the heart, an SCA victim’s chance of survival decreases by 7 to 10 percent. After 10 minutes, very few victims survive.
One of the leading causes of death in the United States, SCA strikes more than 300,000 victims each year. The best chance for a positive outcome is when the Chain of Survival is followed within the first few minutes of SCA onset.
Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. was established in 1971, by Harvey L. Hall, and this week celebrates 34 years of service to the city of Tehachapi. The company provides 9-1-1 paramedic service for 87 percent of Kern County, as well as critical care and air ambulance services.