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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The fire engine used for most of the series run has an interesting history. It was donated new by the manufacturer, Ward LaFrance, with the condition that the engine be put in active service after the show. Universal turned it over to the LA Country Fire Department (which runs the fire station on Universal's lot). The LA County Fire Department traded the engine to the Yosemite Fire Department for their 1930 vintage engine that went to the LA Country Fire Museum. Yosemite Fire Department still uses the engine to this day. The Yosemite Fire Department had to raise the ceiling of their firehouse by 3 inches to accommodate the new engine. See more »

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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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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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Nelson Riddle's Theme Begins, and There You Are
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...back in the early 1970s. Emergency!, now available on DVD, is a time capsule of post-Vietnam Los Angeles. A time when firefighters and doctors were men, nurses were women, and the former chased the latter. Long hair and miniskirts. Druggies and love beads. Loud suits and pastels. And when it was okay to have heroes.

But in the end, Emergency! is a buddy story of two guys who set out to make their world a better place. Roy DeSoto is the older buddy, wise in the world, somewhat cynical. Johnny Gage is the young upstart, full of optimism and charisma. And although the doctors at Rampart received top billing in the credits, they are at best supporting roles to the adventures of two guys in a red truck with sirens and lights.

Thirty years hence, this show is a beloved memory of millions of people, and thousands of emergency workers of Generation X. I'm sure I watched every episode as a kid, yet, until the DVDs came out, I could only remember a few story lines. NBC's current products, ER and the unwatchable Third Watch, pale in comparison, because in the name of "realism", everyone is fatally flawed and nobody is a hero. Both are merely evening soap operas in an emergency services setting. True, Emergency! did have its soapy moments, but those never detracted from Jack Webb's vision of homage to those who run into, and not away from, danger.


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