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    To get back to the original question. If memory serves me correctly, in the two hour pilot episode, didn't Johnny start out in a rural station before he signed up for the paramedic training? Could that be what ethanroyall was talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdcook View Post
    To get back to the original question. If memory serves me correctly, in the two hour pilot episode, didn't Johnny start out in a rural station before he signed up for the paramedic training? Could that be what ethanroyall was talking about?
    He worked at Station 10 which upon reviewing the beginning of the show, looks just as urban if not more so than Station 51. The first call with 10 was paged as a "factory fire". They then got called to a rescue on a power line that looked to be in the suburban hills.

    To follow up with the rest of the calls, Johnny becomes a paramedic and teams up with Roy on 51. Their first call is an MVA with Dixie riding along because they aren't authorized by the state do do anything yet. Next field action is a search for a severed arm at a marina. Then comes a rural MVA with Dixie, where she ends up getting injured and the guys treat without medical consent. The last call is a tunnel explosion with "everybody but us" getting called. Eventually Station 51 gets called in. Dr. Brackett tells the guys to treat patients before the state law is passed allowing them to treat. Eventually he and Dixie show up at the collapse and tell them the state law passed. Hopefully I haven't missed one as I just skimmed the episode quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doorbreaker View Post
    You can "visit" 127 on Google maps.
    The question I always had was about the 127 station itself. Where did they put the real rigs while they were shooting the show? Just park them nearby? I know that the only time 127 was actually used was for the shots of the rigs coming out of the station but you still figure they need some time to set up the lights, cameras and such.
    I like watching the series BUT have a problem with all the stock footage. Gee how many times do they drive past the blue warehouse? Or over the bridge near the train yard??
    Had the opportunity to hear Randolph Mantooth speak at an EMS conference a couple of years ago (and to have him sign my Squad 51 diecast model).

    One tidbit that came out of his talk was that there's a reason Roy always drove. Seems he did all the driving the day(s) they shot all the "stock shots."

    If you watch several episodes back-to-back on the DVDs, you'll start to notice that there's always a VW parked on one street they travel on a response, or sometimes the Crown shows up in the bay on a shot of the front of the station, well after the WLF came into "service," or that the morning flag raising (denoting that they're starting a new day in the plot) looks strangely familiar.

    All "stock shots." Shots with no dialog, no real time reference.

    As for what they did with the apparatus (only an engine, as I recall - there was no squad assigned to 127), I believe there was an area behind the station (remember the British antique engine episode(s)) - as long as they kept the rig out of the shot, there would be no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    If you watch several episodes back-to-back on the DVDs, you'll start to notice that there's always a VW parked on one street they travel on a response, or sometimes the Crown shows up in the bay on a shot of the front of the station, well after the WLF came into "service," or that the morning flag raising (denoting that they're starting a new day in the plot) looks strangely familiar.
    Adding to the stock footage, some shots in front of the building show water where they've washed out the bay or apparatus with the same water pattern on the ramp each time. There's stock footage where it has rained and the ramp and streets are wet. There's stock response footage showing a white/beige car sitting cockeyed in the turning lane as they pass by. I can't recall what model it is right off the top of my head. There's lots more in addition to the VW that I see in stock footage. I tend to notice the old Mustangs and Mopars along with some classic 50's and early 60's pickup trucks of various makes. Oh, and those same two nurses are always walking across Rampart's emergency access.

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    Wow..... I'm impressed...... I thought I was particular and noticed the details. Good job guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by insidethebox View Post
    And they get on the scenes of their EMS calls, do all their work and turn it over to the ambulance without one word of report. Must be how California's system got it's start.
    Well, if you think about it, they never transfer care to the ambulance crew...those guys are just drivers, one of the paramedics has to ride in to tend the patient (that's why they always end up at Rampart talking to Dixie after every call )
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    There are still areas within LA County that operate similar to this. We also operate this way because the Hospital provides the ambulance and the Crew, but we (the FD) are ALS Providers.

    Having ran with LA County for awhile they are under what is called "Medical Direction". I believe that is the proper term..... In our County the Medics can be a bit more aggressive in their treatments prior to contact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbzep View Post
    He worked at Station 10 which upon reviewing the beginning of the show, looks just as urban if not more so than Station 51. The first call with 10 was paged as a "factory fire". They then got called to a rescue on a power line that looked to be in the suburban hills.

    To follow up with the rest of the calls, Johnny becomes a paramedic and teams up with Roy on 51. Their first call is an MVA with Dixie riding along because they aren't authorized by the state do do anything yet. Next field action is a search for a severed arm at a marina. Then comes a rural MVA with Dixie, where she ends up getting injured and the guys treat without medical consent. The last call is a tunnel explosion with "everybody but us" getting called. Eventually Station 51 gets called in. Dr. Brackett tells the guys to treat patients before the state law is passed allowing them to treat. Eventually he and Dixie show up at the collapse and tell them the state law passed. Hopefully I haven't missed one as I just skimmed the episode quickly.

    'Station 10' was actually L.A.County Station 8, in West Hollywood, and is actually even more urban than Station 127 AKA 51

    Emergency also the second series that LACFD Station 8's been featured in. The first was, of course, Rescue 8.

    Also, if you get the chance, look up the opening scenes of the pilot episode of Emergency...STILL one of the coolest movie openings, ever, after 40 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by photone View Post
    'Station 10' was actually L.A.County Station 8, in West Hollywood, and is actually even more urban than Station 127 AKA 51
    Thanks for confirming what I thought about 10 being more urban, though I had no idea the exact location.
    Emergency also the second series that LACFD Station 8's been featured in. The first was, of course, Rescue 8.
    I've been trying to locate episodes of Rescue 8 but haven't been able to. I keep my eye out on Amazon, eBay, and even check for torrents every now and then.
    Also, if you get the chance, look up the opening scenes of the pilot episode of Emergency...STILL one of the coolest movie openings, ever, after 40 years!
    It's one of the best ever, especially for us. I just wish they would have actually pushed the button to open the bay doors instead of cupping over it.

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    Most if not all of the episodes are availible on Hulu.com as well, except for the pilot episode. (unless they've added it recently) Very good quality picture, better that what I watched it in originally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    Most if not all of the episodes are availible on Hulu.com as well, except for the pilot episode. (unless they've added it recently) Very good quality picture, better that what I watched it in originally.
    I have watched quite a few episodes of Emergency on Hulu. Right now I am watching Dragnet episodes. Just started season 4 of Dragnet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIRE117 View Post
    I have watched quite a few episodes of Emergency on Hulu. Right now I am watching Dragnet episodes. Just started season 4 of Dragnet.
    Speaking of Jack Webb and Dragnet, his Mark VII Limited production company also produced Emergency! and Adam-12. The first 5 (of 7) seasons of Adam-12 are on Netflix. Season six is due out on DVD Jan 17, so it should hit Netflix in the not too distant future. One of his last few shows was Project U.F.O., which I'd like to get hold of, but I've only found it in torrents and I want to stay away from that.

    I forgot if it has been mentioned, but John Gage and Roy Desoto had their first tv appearance on an episode of Adam-12. I wouldn't call Emergency! a spinoff, though. The characters were only on camera for a quick couple of lines of dialogue. Webb just used Adam-12 to introduce his new show's main characters.

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    Dang, and here I thought I was one of the few youngsters that watched the show. Believe me, I took over the TV on Saturday night when Emergency came on. Some day I hope to go out to California to see the station that was Station 51.

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    Here's a great "reunion" of the cast on GMA in 1986:

    http://youtu.be/v2Mj3hRx-Ag

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbzep View Post
    I forgot if it has been mentioned, but John Gage and Roy Desoto had their first tv appearance on an episode of Adam-12. I wouldn't call Emergency! a spinoff, though. The characters were only on camera for a quick couple of lines of dialogue. Webb just used Adam-12 to introduce his new show's main characters.
    Thee was another episode in Emergency where they were watching TV in the house and Reed and Malloy were on, chasing some bad guys out in a mountainous area.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillyRube View Post
    Thee was another episode in Emergency where they were watching TV in the house and Reed and Malloy were on, chasing some bad guys out in a mountainous area.....
    The Emergency! episode is from season one and is called "Hang-up". The Adam-12 episode they were watching is from season 4 and is called "Ambush".

    Reed, Malloy, Gage and DeSoto are portrayed as real guys in Adam-12, but Reed and Malloy are shown as make-believe tv characters on Emergency!

    Now it gets good. Marco Lopez was a sheriff's deputy in the Adam-12 episode, so he was watching himself on the "Hang-up" episode.

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    I watched "Camera Bug" from season 4 tonight and noticed that a victim on the show was, Angelo De Meo, the same guy as we most most often saw as an ambulance attendant. I knew he had been used as an orderly in the first season or two, but didn't remember him being anything else other than the attendant. I looked him up and found that he was an attendant, an orderly, a firefighter, a victim, SWAT leader, and other misc. roles on nearly 50 episodes. On top of that, he was Randolf Mantooth's (Johnny's) stunt double in several shows. That explains the hairy arms Johnny had on some of his tougher rescues.

    Looking through the rest of the cast, it seems that most of the ambulance attendants had other roles as policemen, victims, etc. Harold Frizzell was an ambulance attendant in more shows than De Meo, but had fewer appearances as other characters. I guess actors were still contracted by studios in the 70's. In earlier decades, actors on contract with a studio would appear in pretty much every show or movie that studio put out.

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