The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area.
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Paramedic John Gage / ... (129 episodes, 1972-1979)
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 Paramedic Roy DeSoto / ... (129 episodes, 1972-1979)
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 Dixie McCall, R.N. (126 episodes, 1972-1978)
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 Joe Early, M.D., F.A.C.S. / ... (126 episodes, 1972-1978)
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 Kelly Brackett, M.D., F.A.C.S. / ... (125 episodes, 1972-1978)
Marco López ...
 Fireman Marco Lopez / ... (123 episodes, 1972-1978)
Mike Stoker ...
 Fireman Mike Stoker / ... (123 episodes, 1972-1978)
Tim Donnelly ...
 Fireman Chet Kelly / ... (122 episodes, 1972-1978)
Michael Norell ...
 Captain Hank Stanley / ... (110 episodes, 1972-1978)
Ron Pinkard ...
 Dr. Morton / ... (70 episodes, 1972-1978)
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell ...
 Ambulance Attendant / ... (70 episodes, 1972-1978)
Sam Lanier ...
 Himself - Dispatcher / ... (56 episodes, 1972-1979)
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The creme of Jack Webb action series ran 6 seasons from 1972-1979, inspired by CA legislation signed by Gov. Ronald Reagan on July 14, 1970. The new law paved the way for creation of firefighter paramedic programs all over California. This series showcases the Los Angeles model and the emerging specialty of Emergency Hospital Medicine. In Los Angeles, firefighters train to certify as FF-PM, employed through the L.A. County Fire Department. The new Station 51 has one full-size Engine and a smaller Squad which carries state of the art equipment used by the FF-PMs. This includes a mobile radio and portable EKG machine which allows them contact and transmit information to and from the field to ER specialists at hospitals like Rampart General. There are spectacular rescues and more mundane runs; prompt treatment in the field by FF-PMs keeps a large number of patients alive long enough to reach a hospital. At Rampart, teams of skilled professionals provide appropriate medical care to the ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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(124 episodes)

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The series is popularly credited for encouraging the widespread adoption of paramedic programs across North America. See more »

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On several episodes, a Ford ambulance arrives at the scene, yet when it pulls up to Rampart, the ambulance is a Chevy. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kelly Brackett: Start an IV, 51... D5W TKO!
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"Emergency!" is filmed with the cooperation of: The Board of Supervisors The Fire Department The Department of Health Services of Los Angeles County See more »

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Go go Gage & DeSoto
17 September 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of my best-remembered shows as a kid. What set this show apart from its predecessors was in drawing respect from the audience for the firefighters it portrays; for the first time the paramedics, doctors and firefighters didn't arrive to wave a magic wand putting the fire out and saving the patient. The range of (at the time) operating medical and CB radio procedures and terminology, the open identification with real-time Los Angeles and the range of rescue situations faced by Station 51 and their paramedics showed how thorough Jack Webb's research and commitment to authenticity was, pushing the benefits of the paramedic program in the face of a skeptical California state government; as a concerned West Coast citizen with an eye on the Big One he probably knew this was an important step forward in public health that would save many, many lives when that day inevitably arrived. Rescue 911, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, Cops; the entire medical and police reality television genre can trace their origins to Emergency! and once a compatible DVD box set for Australian players arrives I'll have it to reminisce with too.


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