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Care Ambulance Service provides ambulance transport and 9-1-1 response services providing basic life support and critical care for patients in Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties in California, United States.

Care Ambulance Service
HeadquartersOrange, California
BLS or ALSBLS / ALS with Fire Medics or CCT
CEOTroy Hagen



Care was founded by Carl Richardson as a one-ambulance operation in 1969. The company continues to be operated by the Richardson family and is now run by Carl's sons, Dan and Rick.[1] Care received national accreditation in 1993 from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services certifying that it exceeds the basic standards required for state licensing as an ambulance service.[2] In 2011, Care Ambulance was acquired by Falck USA. Falck has the world’s largest international ambulance fleet, and is the third largest ambulance provider in the United States.[citation needed] In 2015, Care was awarded a contract to serve 12 new Orange County cities following a controversial bidding process that the Orange County Register called "long and troubled".[3][4]


Care Ambulance is divided into three divisions, Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County. The Orange County division is based out of the main headquarters in Orange, California, while the Los Angeles division is based in Santa Fe Springs. Care Ambulance has 12 substations in Orange County and 15 substations in Los Angeles County.

Care provides 24-hour service from Basic Life Support ambulances staffed by two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). They also provide Critical Care Transport ambulances staffed by EMTs, a licensed Critical Care Transport Nurse (CCTRN), and a Respiratory Care Practitioner if required.[5]

Care Ambulance vehicles are white with a pale blue strip running down the length of the vehicle from the hood before angling downward near the rear of the vehicle. Another stripe comes from the rear of the vehicle and angles upward when it encounters the front strip.

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  1. ^ "Letter". Care Ambulance Service. Archived from the original on December 14, 2004. Retrieved October 27, 2006.
  2. ^ "Care Ambulance Service, Inc". Archived from the original on December 14, 2004. Retrieved October 27, 2006.
  3. ^ Cuniff, Meghann M. (April 28, 2015). "South County cities upset over ambulance service change". Orange County Register. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Dalton, Rex (March 8, 2015). "County Poised to Put Care Ambulance in Driver's Seat for 911 Transports". Voice of OC. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "Services". Care Ambulance Service. Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2006.

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