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Emergency!: Behind the Scene Paperback – July 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0763748968 ISBN-10: 076374896X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 1 edition (July 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076374896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763748968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Squad 51. KMG-365."
Raymond A. Brown
This Book is a great book to Read if you have the TV Series it tells you about the Show and Behind the Scene from the EMERGENCY!
Lawrence P. Ryan
This book has a lot of some types of information, but lacks a bit of the detail I expected.
Mrs. R. K. Young

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Readz Alot VINE VOICE on March 4, 2008
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The first thing I noticed about this book is that the publisher, Jones and Barlett, is primarily a medical publisher -- they publish professional books for doctors, nurses and EMS workers. And indeed, in the preface, the authors write that they assume their readers to be primarily firefighters, firefighter hopefuls, and EMS workers. Fans of the tv show "Emergency!" aren't even on the list.

The content of the book is, perhaps due to this confusion, somewhat schitzophrenic. The authors try to do many things, and so fail to do any of them very well.

There is a fairly interesting, but all too brief history of EMS services and the paramedic program in Los Angeles.

There are brief biographies of the actors, including a fairly lengthy list of non-regulars, many of whom went on to bigger and better things. (And, as has been mentioned, they managed to misspell Bobby Troup's name every time.)

There is an excruciatingly detailed discussion of the various vehicles that appeared on the program, both the squads and the engines. Also described in great detail are the important rescue equipment (the biophone, Jaws of Life and so on) and the uniforms.

Then we get extremely brief summaries of the episodes themselves, with guest casts, air dates, and so on. (Information that is available, often in much more detail, from IMDB or other on-line sources.) A few episodes include some background trivia, but none go into any depth.

Finally we are offered information on various spin-off programs and films, tie-in merchandise, and some discussion of the long-term influence of the show.

What is lacking is, to a large extent, much of the 'behind the scenes' stuff promised in the title.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Smith on February 11, 2009
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When this book arrived through Amazon my first impression while flipping through the pages was "oh, one of those books." Took me a month to sit down and actually read it from cover to cover. And lo and behold I realized first impressions were off centered. This book is great!

Dates when each episode was filmed, production numbers, production info, everything you want in a reference guide of this type. The trivia is detailed and if you enjoy watching the series on DVD I recommend you buy this book too so you can get a background knowledge of each episode. Certainly a companion piece. Photos of inter-office memorandums, details about the props, all of it. Definately worth grabbing.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Nagel on November 22, 2007
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This book was an great read, but if the authors are really "fans" of "Emergency!" then how did the misspelling of Bobby Troup's last name get by them? The spelling throughout the book is "Troop"! (as in "F-Troop" --- whoops, wrong program!). I also noticed a couple of other factual errors about Universal Studios and Jack Webb that should have been caught, too.

These may sound like small issues, but it does detract from the overall quality of the book. I would have given this book five stars except for the big boo-boos.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raymond A. Brown on February 24, 2008
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I bought this book as a suggestion from Amazon when I bought the 3rd and 4th seasons of "Emergency!". I spent a whole weekend reading this book. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone that likes the tv show. Personally, I wish I had been a firefighter, but I had terrible eyes and I couldn't qualify as a fireman, although I eventually became an Advanced EMT. I *so* much wanted to be able to work with John and Roy, and Doctors Brackett and Early. But enough about me. :-)
If you enjoy "trivial trivia" of the series, you'll find it here in this book. Everything from the history of "Station 51", the fire engines (including the cross-country trip of the new pumper), the squad rescue trucks, who everyone was that appeared on every episode, all the people off the screen, and where they all are now.
I'm a fire buff, and I'm telling you - buy this book.
"Squad 51. KMG-365."
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katie S on October 17, 2007
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As a longtime fan of Emergency!, I really enjoyed this book and appreciate the authors' efforts. The episode guides alone, with their extras about each episode as well as episode details, are worth the book's price. The book includes extensive information about the show itself as well as the Paramedic program and those who were instrumental in getting Emergency! aired and keeping it a high-quality show. My only criticism, and it certainly should not stand in your way of purchasing the book, would be that the book could have used a tighter hand in editing. There are a few typos as well as some sections that could have flowed better, but the content is top-notch. BUY THIS BOOK!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Schneider on September 22, 2009
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This is a great addition to any book collection!! It gives lots of interesting behind the scenes information about the tv series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Calhoun on March 3, 2009
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If you are an Emergency! fan, you will need to get this book. It gives great background about the episodes and a synopsis of each episode. It even has information about the Emergency! movies and unfilmed scripts from the show.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris F on February 10, 2009
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I loved Emergency! when I was growing up. My husband got this for birthday. I am almost finished reading it but may restart again just to make sure I didn't miss anything
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