Dr. Brackett becomes patient as Dr. Early is diagnosed with a heart condition and undergoes a bypass, after fixing Station 51's truck. Dixie becomes more concerned about Early's operation, after Roy ...
A sick lady with a monkey provides the key to a mysterious, highly contagious, and deadly virus that strikes both Dr. Brackett and John Gage. Meanwhile, the firemen rescue a boy from a treehouse and ...
Johnny is the victim of a hit and run driver, while in the hospital, he flirts with his physical therapist, whom Dixie hires, when Johnny really has a nurse, who is "out to get him". The station gets...
When a little girl is knocked down it is discovered that there are only three donors of the right blood type to help with a life-saving operation. One is a murderer awaiting execution, one ... See full summary »
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 paramedic programs all over California. This series showcases the Los Angeles model and also 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 allow them contact and transmit information 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 most patients alive long enough to reach a hospital. At Rampart, teams of skilled professionals provide appropriate medical care to the patients transported by Squad ... Written by
The role of the dispatcher was "played" by real-life LACoFD dispatcher Sam Lanier who had over 18 years' service to the department. He died on May 21, 1997. See more »
Frequently, the camera angle from inside the cab of Squad 51 (usually on the passenger side) shows a rear-view mirror prominently in the upper-left corner of the screen, even though the Squad 51 vehicle itself doesn't have a rear-view mirror. See more »
Emergency is airing, now, very late at night, on the local TV station. And it's great to see it again. Before Baywatch, this show gave us a much more realistic look at the daily lives of those who respond when we call 911.
Although some of the technology and terminology is outdated now, most of it is surprisingly still in use! The dramatic component..that rescues don't always succeed..is refreshingly real in comparison to Baywatch, where CPR always works and no one dies unless their character has to be killed off. But the humour is there too, just as it is in the locker rooms of firehalls and police stations all over.
A minor comment about Gage's lack of musical abilities prompts him to take up the bagpipes, among other instruments, and the ongoing practical jokes played by Kelly add greatly to the humanity of the show. In fact, I strongly suspect that most of the incidents portrayed on the show actually happened.. Most of them are far too ridiculous to have been invented by some writer!
A great show from days gone by...if only they'd do as well now..
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