#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine -P is for James O Page

Those who know me know that one of the biggest interests is in the area of Fire/EMS (though I am not, myself a Firefighter or an EMT/Paramedic).  I decided this year to do my A-Z Challenge using the theme “History of Paramedicine….

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AtoZ-PJames O Page is considered one of the biggest Pioneers and even the Father of Modern EMS.  His is a name known by anyone who is in the EMS field (or at the very least interested in it).

When Mr. Page died in 2004 there was a cry throughout the Fire/EMS world.  He was to be (and still is) greatly missed.  His visions took EMS far, helping to make it what it is today.

James first became involved in the fire service in 1957, joining  the LA County Fire Department in 1959 after first serving in his own local community.  It should also be noted that he also worked his way  through law school at night – receiving his law degree and becoming a licensed lawyer in 1971.)

In the beginning, James received a lot of slack for his involvement in the EMS program.  Many firefighters were adamantly against the idea stating that they  fight fires, not do EMS.  In fact one chief is said to have gotten right in his face and clearly state that in no way would he have  “sissy nurses: riding on his fire trucks.  He also received a lot of political slack as well.  It was partly because of this slack that the decision was made to change the name  character name from Jim Page (as was the original plan) to Johnny Gage on the well known TV series Emergency! (of which James Page was technical advisor).

It was the same year that James became technical advisor (in 1971) that he also was assigned to coordinate the countywide implementation of paramedic rescue services.

Mr. Page was also the founder of JEMS (otherwise known as the Journal of Emergency Medical Services), which was founded in 1979, and later acted as executive chairmen

Sources:

Check out the EMS HIstory app at Limmer Creative and the National EMS Museum  

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