This book captures the essence of an
important chapter in television history: coverage of the origins of the
Emergency!, a dramatic series significant beyond entertainment.
Emergency! followed the
daily lives of a pair of Los Angeles County Fire Department
firefighters/paramedics, along with their colleagues at Station 51 and the
emergency room staff of Rampart General Hospital.
The book offers a behind the scenes
look, packed with interviews from many of the medical and fire department
technical advisors, cast members, writers, and other production crew members
that worked on the series.
The book would not be
complete without discussing the start up of the paramedic program within the
County of Los Angeles.
introduced audiences from all over the world to the concept of
pre-hospital care, along with fire prevention and CPR.
When the world premiere of
Emergency! was first broadcast in 1972, there were only 12 paramedic
units in all of North America.
Ten years later, more than
half of all Americans were within ten minutes of a paramedic rescue or ambulance
That simply would not have
happened without the influence of Emergency!