Emergency! (1972–1979)
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The Wedsworth-Townsend Act 

The new LACFD paramedics struggle to prove themselves to a doubtful Dr. Brackett as a pending state bill authorizing their field duties comes to a vote.

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State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
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Woman In Trouble
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Battalion Chief Conrad
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Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
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Ron Pinkard ...
Tom Gray, M.D.
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After Roy DeSoto encouraged Johnny Gage to join the paramedic program, their first mission was to face their staunchest opponent, Chief of Emergency Services, Dr. Kelly Brackett, to support paramedic legislation that means getting help to where it is needed most. While running two separate calls with Gage and DeSoto, their mentor and friend, Head Nurse Dixie McCall, is injured and knocked unconscious. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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15 January 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

From the beginning, Dr. Brackett objects to the Firefighter-Paramedic training course. When he is approached to train some paramedics himself, he suggests that they go to Harbor General instead. Harbor General Hospital (now Harbor-UCLA Medical Center) was used in this series for the establishing shots of Rampart General Hospital. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Brackett looks at the letter inviting him to Sacramento, the hospital's address is "Carson City, California". Carson is in Los Angeles County, California; Carson City is the capital of Nevada. See more »

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[Brackett is addressing a legislative committee to promote support of the bill to allow paramedics to operate]
Dr. Kelly Brackett M.D.: Gentleman, you are all in danger. If an earthquake or a bomb should hit this room right now, I might be the only doctor available to all of you. Oh sure, independently owned ambulances with attendants would be here in a few minutes, and rescue units from the fire department. But all they could do is carry you off to where another doctor is waiting. I wonder if you could all last that ...
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Followed by Emergency!: Greatest Rescues of Emergency! (1978) See more »

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This was the Beginning of the best Series in the World!
16 October 2001 | by (Trier,Germany) – See all my reviews

This was the Pilot Movie for the Long-Running Series EMERGENCY.Directed by the Dragnet Star Jack Webb. The Authentic Story of the Paramedic Program in the USA is very Interesting. This Series has One of the Best Cast Ever. The Theme is Composed by the Jazz Legends Billy May and Nelson Riddle.

This Series is an Important Part of My Life and I Love It!


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