Emergency!: Season 1, Episode 0

The Wedsworth-Townsend Act (15 Jan. 1972)

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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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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 a call with Gage and DeSoto, their mentor, Head Nurse Dixie McCall, is injured and knocked unconscious. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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Roy DeSoto had a wife named JoAnn that was often mentioned but rarely seen. However, she is seen during a party scene in this pilot. See more »

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In the second hour, the paramedics discuss with Dixie McCall a heroin overdose case that was just brought in. DeSoto mentions that the OD was a "...post-graduate mainliner. Sheriff's follow-up found two balloons of hash in her pocket." Hash is a derivative of marijuana. It is smoked, not injected, has no relationship to heroin, and is seldom distributed in balloons, as heroin is. See more »

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Paramedic Roy DeSoto: This application isn't signed.
Paramedic John Gage: I wanted to talk to you first.
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: Sure. What do you want to know?
Paramedic John Gage: You went through that first class of special medical training, right?
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: Right.
Paramedic John Gage: If you rolled on a rescue call now. Today. Could you use that training to treat a victim on the scene?
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: No.
Paramedic John Gage: Then why should I, or anybody else, spend twelve weeks, or twelve minutes, learning to do what we can't do?
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: Because you said *today*. There's a bill before the state legislature right now, Assembly Bill PM 11307, that ...
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Never a moments rest for Squad 51!
10 December 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

Along the same lines as the Dragnet and Adam 12 format this 70's action series dealt with the adventures of a Los Angeles Fire Department/Paramedic crew. Each week they were fighting fires, rescuing various boneheads who had gotten themselves entrapped in everything from wells to car wrecks etc. I often wondered if any real life paramedic/firefighter had this much action each and everyday they would probably just throw up their hands and say "I never get a moments rest in this job" The show now starting to show a little datedness the episodes are never dull.


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