Emergency!: Season 5, Episode 6

The Indirect Method (18 Oct. 1975)

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Gage and DeSoto have a hardnosed female paramedic trainee riding along on dispatches for the day.



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Episode credited cast:
Michael Norell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Bakalyan ...
Dewey (as Dick Bakalyan)
Bill Conklin
Joan Crosby
Tim Donnelly ...
Elayne Heilveil ...
Karen Overstreet
Ann Loos ...
Mrs. Hurley (as Anne Loos)
Marco López ...
Stephen Parr


Roy and John have a new, hard-nosed, female paramedic trainee, she rides with them to help a man whose wife is holed up in a house scheduled for demolition due to freeway construction, a man who tries to commit suicide by gas, then changes his mind and suffers a head injury, another man suffering a heart attack that they try (and fail) to revive; and the trainee expressed her inability to function to Dixie, but she redeems herself after Roy is electrocuted trying to save an invalid at a structure fire and she is the only one to assist with reviving him. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (brothergaryii@gmail.com)

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18 October 1975 (USA)  »

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The episode's title refers to a firefighting technique which involves attacking a fire within compartmentalized areas, while conserving water at the same time. The opening scene shows Captain Stanley instructing his men on the procedure, and it is put to use in the structure fire call at the end. The indirect method is used whenever there is fire inside a small room, like an office or a bedroom. The door is opened, a wide stream of water is put on the fire for just a few seconds, then the door is closed. The theory behind this method states that the fire will convert the water into steam, reducing the volume of air within the room. Soon, the steam cools into water vapor, covering a wide area and squelching the fire. See more »


In both cardiac cases, they read the v-fib EKG with using the quick-look feature of the paddles, but after defibrillating they read the rhythm while the paddles are not in contact with the patient. See more »

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