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Emergency! (TV Series 1972–1979) - Plot Summary Poster

(1972–1979)

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  • This series features the adventures of the paramedics of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, John Gage and Roy Desoto. Together, they respond to emergencies ranging from false alarms to major disasters. As at this time, the Paramedic program, which is designed to keep emergency patients alive long enough to get to medical facilities, is still a recent service, the paramedics must be guided by licensed medical personnel through radio contact on site. This is where the staff of Rampart Hospital come in with Doctors Brackett and Early as well as Head Nurse McCall providing the necessary instructions for the paramedics to do their jobs. In addition to that, we see the work of the medical staff on their own as deal with the medical problems they encounter.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)
  • This long-running reality/dramatic series focused primarily on two medical technicians (who later were promoted as captains), Firefighter Johnny Gage, a young, professional partner of DeSoto's, who was a former student at a paramedic program, who is also a ladies' man who dated all the nurses (except Dixie, obviously). Gage can also be accidental prone at times, leading him to injuries, he sustained, and Firefighter Roy DeSoto, another paramedic and founding partner, who's a devoted family man, who in turn, would often give specific orders to Johnny about the victims he's too involved with. Together, the two worked at Station 51, who saved the many lives of people who have been hurt, who were also assisted by the staff at Rampart General Hospital, Dr. Kelly Brackett, a handsome, no-nonsense, but hotheaded doctor and senior physician, who was romantically involved with Dixie, until they were only best friends. While taking two separate classes at The Los Angeles County Fire Department, Brackett was opposed by the idea, but later changed his mind, Dixie McCall, a sexy, beautiful, yet dedicated head nurse (later nurse supervisor) who served as an Army unit during the Korean War, who was involved early on in the paramedic program, who argued constantly from her skills of paramedics to the dismissive of the head doctor. She's also responsible for looking after patients the paramedics, Gage and DeSoto, both brought to the hospital, all the while delivering cases to each ER doctor, Dr. Joe Early, a neurosurgeon and assistant of Dr. Brackett's & Nurse McCall's, who's calm and has the more tactful experience, who's also dedicated to children, and Dr. Mike Norton, a young black intern, who's calm like Dr. Early, but can be inadvertent to think or to overreact, on occasion. Unlike McCall, Norton spent his time in the U.S. Navy.

    - Written by Gary Richard Collins II (gcollinsii@aol.com)
  • Following the adventures of two paramedics Roy DeSoto and Johnny Gage who worked for the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Squad 51. "Emergency!" featured Gage (a young ladies' man), DeSoto (who was devoted to his wife and family), the fellow firefighters of Squad 51, and the emergency staff of Rampart Hospital. Each episode saw Gage and DeSoto (or sometimes, everyone at Squad 51) respond to several incidents, ranging from routine and humorous to major emergencies. Often, the rescues involved "danglers" (people trapped in high places because of faulty scaffolding, rigging, etc.) or from cliffs (where either cars threatened to tip over the edge or ropes were about to break). The patients were always rushed to Rampart for emergency care.

    - Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>
  • The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area.

    - Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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