Living in SoCal at only 18 years old. I drove 225 miles for my first EMT job that was also ALS 911 only in a rural no FD response area. We did do 72/96 though so it was worth it. No SSM and it was pretty mellow.
Desert Ambulance, Barstow? Baker/Needles? Ridgecrest- Liberty Ambulance? Blythe? I know that area pretty well, fond memories.
Blythe is a good one, but my first thought was morongo basin ambulance, or something in Imperial County
Excluding days with traffic, 45 minutes.
I refuse to drive any substantial distance or pay a toll without compensation. Many parts of NYC require a fee sometimes as high as $10 to drive to. I work for the city, if I have to pay them to reach my station they put me in, it is a pay cut.