History Series / Emergency

2nd Feb '17 3:44:43 PM KeithM
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** Several episodes avert this when the 51 crew arrive on the scene and realizes the initial reports overstated the situation, or they're able to get a handle on it quickly and have Dispatch cancel some of the called units. On the other hand, if Station 51 is still en route to the scene and LA County starts calling in ''more'' units before they even get there, it's going to be a monster.
29th Jan '17 7:31:05 PM KeithM
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* AlwaysOnDuty: Carefully averted, at least with the paramedics. The engine and squad get called out separately quite often, and the paramedics usually stop active involvement in cases at the hospital doors. In a few instances, Roy and Johnny start their shift and the squad is just coming back from another call with another pair of paramedics just ending their shift, or they end their shift and hand over to another pair to take over the Squad. However, it's played straight with the hospital; it seems that no matter what time of day or night it is, Brackett, Dixie, Early and Morton will always be there.

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* AlwaysOnDuty: Carefully averted, at least with the paramedics. The engine and squad get called out separately quite often, and the paramedics usually stop active involvement in cases at the hospital doors. In a few instances, Roy and Johnny start their shift and the squad is just coming back from another call with another pair of paramedics just ending their shift, or they end their shift and hand over to another pair to take over the Squad.Squad, and the Station 51 crew is often shown coming on or going off duty as part of the firehouse plot. However, it's played straight with the hospital; it seems that no matter what time of day or night it is, Brackett, Dixie, Early and Morton will always be there.



* PoorCommunicationKills: Several episodes dealt with dangers caused to patients by communication issues, whether due to loss of communications or with communications getting confused between the field and the hospital, or a combination of both.



* ScienceMarchesOn: One of the pieces of equipment that gets hauled out from time to time is a fireproof asbestos blanket. With the greater knowledge of the dangers of material, these days it would be treated as a toxic hazard rather than rescue equipment.



** On big incidents you would sometimes see firefighters arriving riding on the outside of vehicles, as well as partially or totally open-cab trucks. Riding the outside of trucks was being widely banned by the 1980s, and in 1992 North American standards for firetrucks prohibited new vehicles with any riding position that wasn't inside a completely enclosed cab.

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** On big incidents you would sometimes see firefighters arriving riding on the outside of vehicles, as well as partially or totally open-cab trucks.trucks (such as Engine 51 itself). Riding the outside of trucks was being widely banned by the 1980s, and in 1992 North American standards for firetrucks prohibited new vehicles with any riding position that wasn't inside a completely enclosed cab.



** At Rampart, Morton. There is also a police officer named Vince, who helps out on a lot of calls, and a black police detective who appears twice and is critical to saving the paramedics' careers when they are framed by a con artist doing a flopsy. (The dispatcher was also black but he was a recurring cameo character.) It was still good for its time, though, as not many series had well-educated African-Americans in good careers then, and if you watch the background of Rampart ER scenes, there's quite a few African-American staff in various hospital uniforms.

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** At Rampart, Morton. There is also a police officer named Vince, who helps out on a lot of calls, and a black police detective who appears twice and is critical to saving the paramedics' careers when they are framed by a con artist doing a flopsy. (The dispatcher was also black but he was a recurring cameo character.) It was still good for its time, though, as not many series had well-educated African-Americans in good careers then, and if you watch the background of Rampart ER scenes, there's quite a few African-American staff in various hospital uniforms. Many of the ambulance crews also have African-American attendants.
20th Jan '17 3:11:01 AM KeithM
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* AlwaysOnDuty: Carefully averted, at least with the paramedics. The engine and squad get called out separately quite often, and the paramedics usually stop active involvement in cases at the hospital doors. In a few instances, Roy and Johnny start their shift and the squad is just coming back from another call with another pair of paramedics just ending their shift. However, it's played straight with the hospital; it seems that no matter what time of day or night it is, Brackett, Dixie, Early and Morton will always be there.

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* AlwaysOnDuty: Carefully averted, at least with the paramedics. The engine and squad get called out separately quite often, and the paramedics usually stop active involvement in cases at the hospital doors. In a few instances, Roy and Johnny start their shift and the squad is just coming back from another call with another pair of paramedics just ending their shift.shift, or they end their shift and hand over to another pair to take over the Squad. However, it's played straight with the hospital; it seems that no matter what time of day or night it is, Brackett, Dixie, Early and Morton will always be there.
13th Jan '17 10:39:59 AM BlackRoo1967
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Currently airing reruns on Creator/MeTV, an over-the-air network that is usually on the .2 signal of a network affiliate (Example: KAKE Ch. 10.2 in Wichita, Kansas.). It's also available on {{Creator/Netflix}} and {{Creator/Hulu}}, as well as NBC's classic television webpage.

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Currently airing reruns At the end of 2016, the show had ended its run on Creator/MeTV, an over-the-air network that is usually on the .2 signal of a network affiliate (Example: KAKE Ch. 10.2 in Wichita, Kansas.).), and at the beginning of 2017, it is now playing on COZI-TV. It's also available on {{Creator/Netflix}} and {{Creator/Hulu}}, as well as NBC's classic television webpage.
11th Jan '17 5:16:49 PM KeithM
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** On big incidents you would sometimes see firefighters arriving riding on the outside of vehicles. Riding the outside of trucks was being widely banned beginning in the 1980s, and in 1992 North American standards for firetrucks prohibited new vehicles with any riding position that wasn't inside a completely enclosed cab.

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** On big incidents you would sometimes see firefighters arriving riding on the outside of vehicles. vehicles, as well as partially or totally open-cab trucks. Riding the outside of trucks was being widely banned beginning in by the 1980s, and in 1992 North American standards for firetrucks prohibited new vehicles with any riding position that wasn't inside a completely enclosed cab.
11th Jan '17 5:03:11 PM KeithM
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* IronicEcho: In Season 2 Episode 1, "Problem", Roy is put on the spot by a doctor who tells him that the patient he brought in would have been better off being "in an ideal hospital setting" instead of treating him en route to it; the patient died four hours later. Later, said doctor tries to resuscitate a patient (a friend and fellow doctor) that collapses ''in said ideal hospital setting'' and dies after throwing in every effort to revive him. Brackett, who had earlier defended Roy's decision, [[{{LampshadeHanging explicitly points this out to him]].

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* IronicEcho: In Season 2 Episode 1, "Problem", Roy is put on the spot by a doctor who tells him that the patient he brought in would have been better off being "in an ideal hospital setting" instead of treating him en route to it; the patient died four hours later. Later, said doctor tries to resuscitate a patient (a friend and fellow doctor) that collapses ''in said ideal hospital setting'' and dies after throwing in every effort to revive him. Brackett, who had earlier defended Roy's decision, [[{{LampshadeHanging [[LampshadeHanging explicitly points this out to him]].
11th Jan '17 5:02:23 PM KeithM
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* IronicEcho: In Season 2 Episode 1, "Problem", Roy is put on the spot by a doctor who tells him that the patient he brought in would have been better off being "in an ideal hospital setting" instead of treating him en route to it; the patient died four hours later. Later, said doctor tries to resuscitate a patient that collapses ''in said ideal hospital setting'' and dies after throwing in every effort to revive him.

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* IronicEcho: In Season 2 Episode 1, "Problem", Roy is put on the spot by a doctor who tells him that the patient he brought in would have been better off being "in an ideal hospital setting" instead of treating him en route to it; the patient died four hours later. Later, said doctor tries to resuscitate a patient (a friend and fellow doctor) that collapses ''in said ideal hospital setting'' and dies after throwing in every effort to revive him. Brackett, who had earlier defended Roy's decision, [[{{LampshadeHanging explicitly points this out to him]].
11th Jan '17 4:15:51 PM KeithM
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Even today, the show inspires many, many people to become [=EMTs=] and paramedics. It's a fair bet that any EMT/paramedic in the U.S. who started work between 1979 and 1995 was inspired by this show either in its first run or reruns.

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Even today, the show inspires many, many people to become [=EMTs=] and paramedics. It's a fair bet that any EMT/paramedic in the U.S. and Canada who started work between 1979 and 1995 was inspired by this show either in its first run or reruns.
11th Jan '17 4:10:18 PM KeithM
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** On big incidents you would sometimes see firefighters arriving riding on the outside of vehicles. Riding the outside of trucks was being widely banned beginning in the 1980s, and in 1992 North American standards for firetrucks prohibited new vehicles with any riding position that wasn't inside a completely enclosed cab.
11th Jan '17 3:58:27 PM KeithM
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** EMS services typically drive ambulances, not utility pickups that can't transport patients (which were used in LA County in the '70s to avoid conflict with the long-existing private "scoop and run" ambulance services). Los Angeles County does still use modern versions of the squads shown on the show, however.

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** EMS services typically drive ambulances, not utility pickups that can't transport patients (which were used in LA County in the '70s to avoid conflict with the long-existing private "scoop and run" ambulance services). Los Angeles County does still use modern versions of the squads shown on the show, however.[[note]]Some cities have cars or [=SUVs=] that act as "sprint" units, responding to scenes to begin treatment or providing assistance to units already on scene. The paramedics assigned to sprints may also be specialized (such as divers, tactical paramedics, or vertical rescue specialists) and carry their gear to respond to situations requiring them.[[/note]]
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