Management & Organizations
Possibly the most recognizable of all the founding figures of EMS, James O. Page had a career in public service throughout the latter half of the 20th century that veritably is the history of EMS during that time: Los Angeles County Fire Department EMS innovator, advisor to the TV show Emergency!, director of the Advanced Coronary Treatment (ACT) Foundation, early proponent of citizen CPR, North Carolina EMS director, magazine founder, EMS advocate, attorney, prolific speaker and educator. Page began his lifelong relationship with EMS as an
During his fire career in the late 1950s and 1960s, he rose quickly through the ranks and also finished his undergraduate and law degrees. In 1971, just as a number of large cities were considering the innovative concept of training medics to take on roles previously carried out by doctors, Page coordinated the countywide implementation of paramedic rescue services through the L.A. County Fire Department. As one of this new breed of emergency responders, he was asked to be a technical consultant for the groundbreaking TV program Emergency!
In 1973, he resigned from LACFD to accept the new position of chief of EMS for the state of
He retired as fire chief for the city of
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