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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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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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 »

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[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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Interesting Local History Lesson
8 January 2001 | by (Altadena. CA) – See all my reviews

This movie, which acted as a pilot for the TV Series "Emergency!" is a fascinating story about the start of the paramedic program in California--specifically, through the eyes of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The plot clearly shows the supporters and opponents of the system at the time--yes, there were people that were against the program for a variety of reasons--and how the system pulled itself together and proved its worth. It is interesting to note that today, as a resident of Los Angeles County, most people take the paramedic program for granted; we need to see this movie again so that we can see just how close the program came to never happening. It is definitely a good history lesson--even though it is a dramatisation, it is very faithful to the true story, just as most of Jack Webb's productions were.


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