The Pioneers of Paramedicine are four doctors who had an idea in the late 1960's and early 1970's. They had the idea that having firefighters trained to perform on scene triage could save thousands of lives. Today we expect Paramedics to come when we need them. There was a time a doctor or a nurse had to be on scene, which took precious minutes. Many died while waiting for the help to arrive. This video tells the story of how modern Emergency Medical Services came to be. This story, shot on May 10, 2010, is told in the first person by the Doctors who worked to educate others teaching them that this system would work, they fought to make it happen.
A hit television show in 1972, EMERGENCY!, became a huge part of this story. It was how the rest of the country, the world, discovered that this system was in place and working. The EMERGENCY! television show stars, Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe are our hosts guiding the Doctors through their story.
This video honors the four physicians who are the pioneers of modern EMS. The Los Angeles County Fire Museum and the Pioneers of Paramedicine committee hereby recognize the work of Dr. Leonard Cobb, MD; Dr. John Michael Criley, MD; Dr. Walter Graf, MD; and Dr.Eugene Nagel, MD.
The video was generously sponsored by Masimo Corp. and Philips Healthcare Inc.