- Become more aware of and avoid many of the depicted accidents and illnesses that impact personal safety.
- Learn how to interact with firefighter paramedics in such a way as to maximize the paramedics’ lifesaving effectiveness.
- Become aware of firefighter paramedic first aid techniques that viewers can learn through classes and then use to save lives.
This TV series ran from 1972-1976, and it had many spinoffs. It portrayed the Los Angeles Fire Department’s paramedics in action as they rescued victims of everything from car accidents to heart attacks and then rushed the victims to the hospital while stabilizing them with help, by phone, from the hospital emergency room doctors.
This TV series is realistic because:
- The paramedic actors had to complete the entire paramedic training program except for the final exam.
- The rescue scenarios imitated real life Los Angeles Fire Department rescues.
- Many of the tactics used in this TV series are still used today, although much of the medical equipment is more modern now.
This TV series still has a strong following. Many who followed the series were so inspired that they went into the medical field or became firefighters. Even people who currently work in those fields enjoy watching the series again in DVD or streaming format.
“Emergency” is a family friendly TV series. Parents are nostalgic about what they watched as kids, and their children are just as inspired by the noble paramedic heroes portrayed as their parents were decades ago. “Emergency” does not have gore, over the top sex or angst. There are even some rescues that verge on the comical.
Those considering paramedic or EMT occupations can learn more about them in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The future employment of paramedics and EMTs is expected to grow much faster than the average growth of occupations.
Do not be turned off by the 1970’s vehicles and hairstyles. This series is a classic media work of art, and a nostalgic one at that.