The Wedworth-Townsend Act (Assembly Bill PM 11307) passed on July 14, 1970. This 2-part pilot episode is set in early to mid-1970 during the 7.5 months before passage. Mark VII Productions/ Jack Webb passes the torch and segues "Dragnet" with "Emergency!" using the protagonists of "Adam-12" in cameo roles and Art Balinger, alumnus of both shows, as 14th Battalion Chief Conrad. Fireman Johnny Gage works the Rescue Squad out of huge Station 10. He encounters the doctors and staff at the Emergency Center at Rampart General Hospital: Dr. Kelly Brackett, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Joe Early, eminent neurosurgeon and generous volunteer of time to Rampart and Dixie McCall, R.N., Head Nurse and decorated Korean War veteran. Johnny meets Roy DeSoto, who completed the first 12-week training program and is gung-ho to see the bill pass and the new program start. Roy retakes the training with Johnny at Rampart as Dixie finagled for Kel and Joe to teach the course; Kel is not happy. They all ...
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(Officer Pete Malloy) and Kent McCord
(Officer Jim Reed), from another Jack Webb
(1968), occasionally showed up in cameos at Rampart Hospital. After appearing in the series premiere on January 15, 1972, they later appeared in Emergency!: Hang-Up
(1972), another first-season episode that aired on April 8, 1972. However, this second appearance is in an installment of their own TV show "Adam-12", which the Station 51 crew watch on the firehouse TV. After being established as "real" people in the pilot, no explanation is given for their subsequent appearance in a fictional TV show. To add even more confusion, after the second appearance, the main cast of Emergency! appeared in Adam-12: Lost and Found
(1972), which aired on October 4, 1972. See more
When Gage and DeSoto are aiding in the rescue of the miner trapped under the tractor and the tunnel wall collapses, several rocks can be seen floating on the water, obviously made of foam or some similar material. See more
Paramedic John Gage
[Gage learns that the man he rescued had worsened beyond hope in transit to the hospital because his team was not able to medically stabilize him first
Rescue, Hell! All we rescued was a corpse.