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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Mantooth ...
State Assemblyman Michael Wolski
Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown ...
Man with Ulcer
Chief Conrad, Battalion 14
Wilma Jacobs, R.N.
Herb Vigran ...
Committee Chairman
Ron Pinkard ...
Tom Gray, M.D.


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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Release Date:

15 January 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the three squads (the 1972 Dodge Ram D250 rescue vehicles driven by the paramedics) has been fully restored and is now located at the Los Angeles Fire Museum in SouthGate, California. See more »


When Gage was called to the electrocution on Squad 10, one SCU tone was sounded. Since Truck 127 was also summoned from another station, there should have been another SCU tone. See more »


[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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2 October 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This was a wonderful show...unique in the sense that it made the public aware of the Emergency services that were becoming available to those in need...Also it was instrumental in thousands of people becoming paramedics and/or firefighters because of the impact this show had on them. How many shows can say this?..not many, that's for sure... I remember watching this show when it originally aired and was totally hooked from the beginning. Not only were the rescues exciting and realistic, but the show contained a very human side to it. Every red blooded girl fell in love with Johnny Gage, including myself. smile. But all kidding aside, this fine show paved the way for many good quality medical show's that followed. I would love to see this entire series, all 124 episodes, on DVD.

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