The 1970s show Emergency! was produced by Jack Webb who was a stickler for detail and accuracy. One of the legacies of the show is that it helped make the EMS program well known. This time around we are going to take a look at some of the vehicles from the show.
Of course we have to start with the 1972 Dodge D300 which was Squad 51. After the show it was used as a spare by the fire department and now resides in the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.There were two Engine 51s on the show. The first was a 1965 Crown Fire Coach that was actually Engine 60, the engine assigned to the real firehouse at Universal Studios, station 60. They just stuck a 51 over the 60. Like the squad, it is now in the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.
The second Engine 51 was a 1973 Ward LaFrance P80 Ambassador. This was furnished to the studio by the manufacturer who was supplying the majority of new engines to the fire department. It later would appear in some other TV shows and films and later would serve at Yosemite National Park as Engine 7. If you guessed that it is now in the Los Angeles County Fire Museum, you would be correct.
One of the first ambulances the show used was this high roofed 1970 Chevrolet Suburban. It was crashed in an episode in one of the later seasons. The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is currently in the process of restoring it.
The next ambulance was from the fictional Mayfair Ambulance company. It was a 1972 Chevrolet C-20 with the box manufactured by the Modulance Company. Like with the second Engine 51, it was a bit of product placement.
Initially the show used the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department as the law enforcement agency depicted in the show’s universe. By the second season there was a bit of a falling out between the department and the producers, some say it was because they wanted Jack Webb to produce a show about their department. Due to the liberal use of stock footage, a Sheriff’s car like this 1973 Plymouth Satellite can be seen even after the falling out.