EMERGENCY 1972-2022 50 years on TV let's Celebrate

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Presents
“Fifty Years of EMERGENCY! on Television”

January 14th, 15th, and 16th 2022
HOLD THE DATES

Join the Los Angeles County Fire Museum for three days filled with camaraderie, nostalgia, fun and excitement as we celebrate Fifty Years of EMERGENCY! on Television. The show aired for the first time on January 15th, 1972. Details of the three-day event are in the works and will be available soon.

For Immediate Release January 15th, 2021
On January 14, 15, and 16, 2022, the Los Angeles County Fire Museum will host a public celebration at its Bellflower, CA facility to celebrate Fifty Years of EMERGENCY! on Television. The groundbreaking 1970’s television series was on the air during prime-time from January 15th, 1972 to 1977, followed by a series of two-hour television movies that aired in 1978 and 1979.

The NBC Universal television series EMERGENCY! broke new ground in both the entertainment industry and in the fire service. Often referred to as the first reality-based television show, EMERGENCY! introduced the American public, and the world, to the then-revolutionary concept of using specially trained fire fighters in the field to provide advanced life saving services. In the early 1970’s very few people had ever heard the word “paramedic.” At the time the show debuted on January 15th, 1972, only twelve paramedic squads were in service in the entire country – eight of them in Los Angeles County. By the end of the show’s seven year run, more than half of U.S. citizens were within four to seven minutes of advanced lifesaving care.

EMERGENCY! aired on NBC at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday nights. The TV firefighter/paramedics Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto of the fictional “Station 51”, the apparatus Squad 51 and Engine 51, and the doctors and nurses at “Rampart Hospital” quickly became America’s babysitters. To this day, an entire generation of firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, doctors, nurses, police officers and dispatchers proudly say that EMERGENCY! was their inspiration for answering the call to public service and emergency patient care that has saved countless lives in the last five decades.

In addition to the popular EMERGENCY! vehicles, the Museum owns over sixty apparatus, hundreds of fire artifacts and thousands of photographs that tell the history of the U.S. fire service, with special emphasis on the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The collection is currently housed in five separate facilities, with the 16400 Bellflower Boulevard, Bellflower, CA location as its main Museum normally open to the public four days a week. The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is a California Public Benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

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We are as excited as you are about this. Get ready now… plan your trip to Southern California next January. This is a great time of year here in the Southland. We can’t wait to see you all again.

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42 Comments

  1. Stephen Elliott

    I watched Emergency as an 10 year old kid and I was hooked on the Fire Department and EMS. I will retire as a Battalion Chief in January 2022 after a 38 year career with an east coast fire rescue department. My flight is booked, my hotel is booked; I am stoked to be starting my retirement years by attending this event in So Cal!

    • Chris Fox

      As a former L A Co F D dispatcher, I plan on being here for this great event. I will be attending with my best friend and we are looking forward to this event. We’ll see everyone in January!

  2. Tom Sullivan

    I had to cash in my birthday gift and Christmas gift from my wife to go to this event. I have the time off and my Hotel reservations. I was 6 years old when the show premiered. I always loved fire trucks and started my fire career in the Navy in 1985 and will be retiring from EMS a month before this event. I was on the Engine for 20 years and an EMT for 30. I never had a doubt what I was going to do because of this show.

  3. Angela Kunz

    Just curious when tickets will be available it’s my husband’s favorite show and I know this is on his bucket list.

  4. Colleen Porcari

    I’m sorry to ask a question about the event- just wondering if there is a ticket for purchase to enter event and/or limited number or attendants… I just don’t want to be turned away after already paying for my plane ticket!

    • Lynn Mysliwiec

      Exactly! We will be coming from New York. Let’s hope we can buy tickets in advance…

  5. David Krantz

    I grew up watching the show and getting out to LA to see Station 127 has been on my bucket list for a long time. Now, with this “Emergency” anniversary event, I believe the time has come.

    • Colleen Porcari

      Hi David,
      Yes, my bucket list too! I already have plane ticket and room/ rental car reserved! Hope to meet many people like myself who love all things Emergency!

      • Richard Cole

        Hi Colleen. I can’t wait to be there either. I grew up in Seattle and always wanted to be a Seattle Fire Fighter but went in the US Coast Guard instead. Growing up I had the chance to ride with the Seattle Fire Department Paramedics during the mid 70’s and saw the start of the Medic One program in the early 70’s. Emergency was a big part of my growing up and I got the big thrill in meeting Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe when they came to Seattle and did the episode showcasing the Seattle Medic One Program. Family members and friends of Seattle Medic One Paramedics got the chance to go down and see the filming and meet them.

  6. Jodi Riley

    Hello, Museum Team ~

    Airfares to SoCal for January just went on sale! Should out-of-town attendees plan on arriving on the 13th and departing the 17th? Or will the 14th and 16th be partial days?

  7. Colleen Porcari

    I just found out about the 50th anniversary celebration of Emergency! I live in Upstate New York, and not quite sure I will have the funds to travel to California, but I will certainly try! I was only a little girl during the show’s initial run in the 70’s but I LOVED this show! I just need to find someone to go with me who shares my enthusiasm for the show and the nostalgia that brings with it!

  8. Colleen Burks

    I’m so excited about this 50th Anniversary! I’ve already asked for the days off. Waiting for hotel information so I can book my rooms. This is going to be an incredible event!

  9. Gina Brengi

    This is going to be awesome, I can’t wait until January. I hope that station 51 A shift report for duty that weekend, it would be great to meet the guys. I am sorry that Dixie McCall (Julie London) is no longer with us RIP, she was the best RN around. She was my inspiration to become a RN. May she rest in peace.

  10. Robert Darnell

    Watched from the beginning. EMT since 1978, Wishard Paramedic in the 1980’s, looking forward to this event and plan on being there.

  11. Robert Darnell

    Watched from the beginning. EMT since 1978, Wishard Paramedic in the 1980’s, looking forward to this event and plan on being there. Also want to visit Station 127.

  12. afiremanandhisgirls

    Husband and wife team with a combined 55 years of experience. Both got inspired and found our calling due the great show.

  13. Ryan McConnell

    I was 6 years old when the pilot aired. I am watching the series finale as I write this. I had a great career in the field because of the show. I can’t wait for January.

  14. Ron Bouch

    Any Hotel Info yet? Want to get a jump on scheduling a flight and reservations.

    Thanks
    Ron

    • DeAnn Sather

      Hi, Jeri. I’ve talked with you a few times on Facebook. I hope to run into you at the event in January.

  15. Wally Berg

    Hello all! Wally from outside Vancouver BC Canada (Mission BC) I was at the grand opening too! I’ll be at the 51-50 for sure! Cant wait to see Joe, Paul and all the folks at the center.

  16. Jerry Thornton

    I just found out about the 50th year event. I will be there. Are there going to be tickets to purchase? Thanks for providing the event so that fans can get closer to the history of the show.

  17. Eric Philipp

    Emergency! was my favorite TV show when I was a kid, I was born in 71. I remember watching reruns and playing with my Tonka Fire Engines and fighting structure fires with the in the hall of my house. I had no idea these trucks were still around. Looks like I need to head west to see them!

    • Colleen Porcari

      Hi, Eric! I was born in 70, so it’s nice to see there are other youngsters like us 😂 when Emergency first aired. My brother and I watched faithfully every Saturday night. I had the he’d plastic fire hat and the board game !

  18. Russell Long

    I really am looking forward to coming to the 50th anniversary next January I hope it is still on and I hope all the cast shows up I really would like to meet them

  19. Russell Long

    I was a firefighter emt in san Bernadino County back in the early 90s The show was a big influence in my life growing up

  20. Bryan Sands

    i’m planning on being there can’t wait until jan. first trip back there since the grand opening in 18 coming from pa.

  21. Laura Vessey

    I am planning on attending this one too. Will be first trip in 2 years. Super excited!!

    • Anita McKnight

      Looking forward to this event! Wouldn’t miss it! It’s going to be so exciting! Hope the museum is able to open up very soon. Love to all!

  22. Cheryl Mullis

    can’t wait Excited to hear more details on who’s all going to be there, all the stuff going to be happening. 🙂

  23. Michael Quinn

    I didn’t think you’d be able to top the Grand Opening in 2018 but I’m thinking you are going to with this 3 day event. 🙂 Connecticut’s biggest fan will be there!

  24. Tamara Fultz

    I bringing my “A” Shift on. Cause the guys were on
    A Shift. What celebration that will be.

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