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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Woman In Trouble
Lew Brown ...
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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 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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The title of the pilot episode is a reference to the law signed by then-governor Ronald Reagan authorizing the creation of emergency medical services in California. See more »

Goofs

In the intro, four SCU tones are sounded for the factory fire. Since 7 units are summoned to the fire, with 5 of them being in Station 10, there should only be a maximum of 3 stations responding to the fire, and therefore 3 SCU tones. See more »

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Battalion Chief: Gage.
Paramedic John Gage: Yes sir?
Battalion Chief: That special training program. Remember? We were talking about it a couple of days ago?
Paramedic John Gage: Yes sir. The para-something-or-other...
Battalion Chief: Paramedics. The first class just finished last week.
Paramedic John Gage: Good.
Battalion Chief: I'm supposed to encourage all our young rescue personnel to volunteer for the next class.
Paramedic John Gage: Yes sir. Wellll, I guess I'm just too stupid to take advantage of such an opportunity.
Battalion Chief: I know it's work. No raise in pay. But, it just might be worthwhile.
Paramedic John Gage: It might be, if I wanted to be an ambulance ...
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Ahead of it's time.
2 August 2003 | by (El Cajon, California) – See all my reviews

Jack Webb was a genius. He had real world ideas. This is the movie that started a wonderful series. Of the series, it is my favorite. It was the forerunner of series like ER and Third Watch. Before 1972, it was common not to want anyone to take care of you except a doctor, but doctors couldn't be everywhere. Even in the few years after the paramedic program started, it was still a novelty and difficult to trust those firemen and policemen who had been trained. Not only was this series fun to watch, but it broke important ground to make the public aware that a new public service was a available and safe. It was because of this series(it was a romantic vision, to be sure.) that I became an EMT and since my training I have enjoyed assisting several people. There is nothing in the world to compare with giving CPR to an injured person and that person waking up.


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