Taft mother Jordan Cordova joins Hall Ambulance as EMT

A young Taft mother of two has embarked on a new career helping people.
Jordan Cordova was one of 13 graduates from Hall Ambulance's emergency medical technician academy in Bakersfield last week.
Cordova, a 2010 Taft Union High School graduate, said it's something she has been pointing towards her entire life.
"I know I always wanted to have a job in the medical field and helping people," she said.
Cordova has worked as a physical therapist and the former Wildcat cheerleader was also a TUHS cheerleader coach.
Cordova and her classmates learned everything they need to get started working as an emergency medical technician in the Hall Ambulance 911 system.
During six weeks of intensive classroom training, the recruits were introduced to the entire spectrum of EMS care including airway, respiration and ventilation; cardiology and resuscitation; trauma; medical and obstetrics/gynecology and EMS operations, said Hall Spokesman Mark Corum.
"We're excited to have her here on board as a new EMT," Corum said.
Cordova is excited about her new challenge.
She'll start with field training in an advanced life support ambulance in busy metro Bakersfield with a very high call volume.
"That's one of the perks of the job -- you're always on the go," she said.
After her six-week field training period she'll get her permanent assignment at a Hall station somewhere in the county.
One possibility is in Taft.
She's prepared to work in a community where she may be treating people she knows.
"I think that would be a little weird, but at the same time you just use your training and treat people based on their injuries and symptoms, not who they are," Cordova said.
Metro Bakersfield ambulance crews work short 8 to 12 hour shifts because of the heavy volume of work, but in outlying areas like Taft they work 48-hour on, 48-hour off shifts with 8 days off every three rotations.
With two young children aged 5 years and six months that could be a challenge but Cordova said she has family to help.
Besides, she said, "You have to work to provide for your children."
Completing the academy and going to work as en EMT is just a start.
Cordova said she's definitely interested in becoming a paramedic.
Hall founder and owner Harvey Hall sponsors EMTs, based on commitment, experience and performance, through paramedic training at Bakersfield College.
Cordova said she's already been paid during EMT training.
"This company offers everything. They pay you while you're being trained."
The 123 graduates in Cordova's class came from a field of 1,500 applicants.
The rate of pay for a Hall EMT is $29,500 - $60,000, plus overtime opportunities (they work at a reduced wage during the EMT Academy training); the base rate of pay for a paramedic is $40,000 - $80,000, plus overtime opportunities; and, a paramedic field supervisor’s pay starts at $65,000.