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EMERGENCY! +4 was built around a fictional exploits of the Paramedical Rescue Service on the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In this animated spin-off from the prime time siren-drama EMERGENCY! (NBC, 1972-1977), Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth voiced their self-likenesses as Squad 51 paramedics. The plus four were Carol and Matt, a sister and brother, and the boys Jason and Randy, a group of youngsters trained in life-saving techniques. Together with their pets, the dog Flash, Myna bird Charlemayne, and Bananas the monkey, They were always ready to assist the firemen,|
In the Premiere, "Desert Storm", Desoto and Gage were testing a dune buggy rescue vehicle and encountered two reckless bikers, who refused to heed their warnings, and Dr. Bonner, looking for historical evidence of a U.S. Army Camel Corps experiment. The paramedics rescued his daughter when she was trapped by an angry mountain goat.
After accidentally starting a fire in a Ghost Town, the bikers escaped a rock slide and stole the vehicle which contained anti-snake venom needed to save the scientist's life after he had been bitten by a rattlesnake. The youngsters recovered the buggy, surviving a flash flood and desert sandstorm, and the plot was resolved when the humbled bikers agreed to help Dr. Bonner in his search, spurred on by the discovery of a camel jawbone by Flash.
And some say there is not enough action in a half hour cartoon. ;D In such other episodes as "Danger at Fantasy Park", "Fire at Sea", "Oil's Well", and "S.O.S. Help Us" they dealt with natural calamities, fires on land and sea, persons suffering from medical ailments and "danglers", individuals suspended or trapped in life-and-death situations.
Although the series was criticized because the episodes frequently depicted the children as participants in some deadly peril, the heroic rescue theme was enhanced by several educational features. Instructional safety tips with do's-and-don'ts were interwoven into the stories, along with practical demonstrations of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and simple medical first aid.
Fire departments throughout the country requested prints of the episodes to show at fire prevention and safety seminars for children.
Tighe and Mantooth became children's favorites on the night-time series "EMERGENCY!". More children watched the evening program than the cartoon show and made "EMERGENCY!" the only program to compete successfully against the Saturday blockbuster hit, "All in the Family" (CBS).
like the transformation of "The Brady Kids", Tighe and Mantooth were the first adults caricatured for an animated series, coincidentally, while their program was a hit in prime time. In the nighttime preview of the network's 1973-1974 children's line-up, the pair hosted "NBC Starship Rescue" (sept. 7, 1973) featuring excerpts of the show along with other Saturday morning programs.
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Here's a side note to Mr. Woolery's book: His statement about "Tighe and Mantooth were the first adults caricatured for an animated series." This is really pressing the line as EMERGENCY! +4 first aired the same day as the STAR TREK Cartoon did, BUT here is the push, EMERGENCY! +4 aired at 9:30am and STAR TREK aired at 10:30am. Just a little something I noticed. Keith. There were 23 shows total, airing on:
Premiere: "Desert Storm" September 8, 1973 Saturday 9:30 - 10:00 AM