This program focused on the implementation and development of the new concept of the paramedic. The show begins with introducing our heros Roy Desoto and Johnny Gage assembling the first paramedic team and breaking new ground with unheard of new ideas, a mobile unit, equipped to stablize a patient and ready them for the ambulance to take the patient to the hospital.
The program featured a real fire station in Los Angeles, and real fire apparatus. First Engine 60 which was an actual 1965 Crown Firecoach powered with a throaty rumbling 935cc Hall-Scott engine. Sadly replaced later with a 1975 Ward-LaFrance. Squad 51, the paramedic truck was a 1974 1/2 ton Dodge Rescue truck that is now living in the Smithsonian Institute. The Crown Firecoach is in the Los Angeles Fire Museum and fully functional and the Ward is at Yosemite National Park in service.
Each episode featured daring rescues and simple cat-in-a-tree rescues, patients from electricution victims to drownings to kids stuck in bad spots.They even had to drive a vintage pumper to a call, it was a fully functional and did the job. When they weren't doing the paramedic job, they would show antics at the station, Chet's lovely cooking - which was often interrupted by a call.