This 1977 Video classic highlights the need for a professional Emergency Medical Service, by comparing the "skills" of the part time, gas station based "Economy Ambulance Service", and a neighboring community with a modern EMS system.
The fire truck was a reserve engine from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, but not the former E51. E51 never had this number livery, never had the County decal on the door or the 1776/1976 emblem on the window all the time the vehicle was stationed on the studio grounds fire station 60. LACo had over 40 Ward LaFrance apparatus; several were still front line, some in reserve and 4 at the Training Division.
The accident scene for the "Economy Ambulance Service" was located on Chandler Blvd. just west of Vineland Avenue in North Hollywood. This street was approximately two blocks away from the production company, whose address on Weddington was one block south of Chandler Blvd. If you look across the street from the accident, you can clearly see Phil's Diner. A few years ago, Phil's moved from Chandler Blvd to a new location on Lankershim Blvd., just a few blocks away from their original location.
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