The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area.
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Complete series cast summary:
Randolph Mantooth ...  Paramedic John Gage / ... 129 episodes, 1972-1979
Kevin Tighe ...  Paramedic Roy DeSoto 129 episodes, 1972-1979
Julie London ...  Dixie McCall, R.N. 126 episodes, 1972-1978
Bobby Troup ...  Dr. Joe Early 126 episodes, 1972-1978
Robert Fuller ...  Dr. Kelly Brackett 125 episodes, 1972-1978
Marco Lopez Marco Lopez ...  Fireman Marco Lopez 120 episodes, 1972-1978
Mike Stoker Mike Stoker ...  Fireman Mike Stoker 120 episodes, 1972-1978
Tim Donnelly ...  Fireman Chet Kelly 122 episodes, 1972-1978
Michael Norell Michael Norell ...  Captain Hank Stanley / ... 110 episodes, 1972-1978
Ron Pinkard Ron Pinkard ...  Dr. Mike Morton / ... 72 episodes, 1972-1978
Harold 'Hal' Frizzell Harold 'Hal' Frizzell ...  Ambulance Attendant / ... 2 episodes, 1972-1978
Sam Lanier Sam Lanier ...  Radio Dispatcher 49 episodes, 1972-1979
Vince Howard ...  Police Officer Vince, LASD / ... 36 episodes, 1972-1978


The creme of Jack Webb action series ran 6 seasons from 1972-1979, inspired by CA legislation signed by Then-Gov. Ronald Reagan on July 14, 1970. The new law paved the way for creation of firefighter paramedic programs all over California. This series showcases the Los Angeles model and 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 newly-built Station 51 has one full-size Engine and a smaller rescue squad truck which carries state of the art equipment used by the FF/PMs. This includes a mobile radio and portable EKG machine which allows them contact and transmit information to and 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 a large number of patients alive long enough to reach a hospital. At Rampart, teams of skilled professionals provide ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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The ambulance accident scene in the episode Emergency!: Back-Up (1975) was taken from the logs of the Los Angeles City Fire Department, an incident that took place in August of 1964 (eight years before the taping). The producers were paying such attention to detail that they even used similar vehicles involved in the real-life incident. See more »


During his recurring role, the character Officer Vince (played by Vince Howard) changed from being a sheriffs deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs to a police officer of a generic police department. This happened after Jack Webb had an argument with the sheriffs department and Webb decided to change Vince to a generic police department. See more »


Paramedic John Gage: I remember... I was working B-Shift over at Station 10. That was a great, old station. Know why?
Paramedic Roy DeSoto: It had a pole?
Paramedic John Gage: It had a pole. A fire station just isn't a fire station without a pole.
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"Emergency!" is filmed with the cooperation of: The Board of Supervisors The Fire Department The Department of Health Services of Los Angeles County See more »


Referenced in The Bionic Woman: The Bionic Dog: Part 2 (1977) See more »

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Go go Gage & DeSoto
17 September 2007 | by onamissionSee all my reviews

One of my best-remembered shows as a kid. What set this show apart from its predecessors was in drawing respect from the audience for the firefighters it portrays; for the first time the paramedics, doctors and firefighters didn't arrive to wave a magic wand putting the fire out and saving the patient. The range of (at the time) operating medical and CB radio procedures and terminology, the open identification with real-time Los Angeles and the range of rescue situations faced by Station 51 and their paramedics showed how thorough Jack Webb's research and commitment to authenticity was, pushing the benefits of the paramedic program in the face of a skeptical California state government; as a concerned West Coast citizen with an eye on the Big One he probably knew this was an important step forward in public health that would save many, many lives when that day inevitably arrived. Rescue 911, ER, Law & Order, Third Watch, Cops; the entire medical and police reality television genre can trace their origins to Emergency! and once a compatible DVD box set for Australian players arrives I'll have it to reminisce with too.

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15 January 1972 (USA) See more »

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