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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At the very beginning of the episode, a crew member can be seen at the right of the screen. He is standing near the right side of the rescue squad's hood by the wall. 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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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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