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Randy Mantooth and Kevin Tighe got together at the L.C. County Fire Museum for the first episode of “Into the Unknown”


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By EMS1 Staff

LOS ANGELES — For nearly 50 years the Los Angeles County Fire Museum has been preserving and celebrating the history of the fire service and EMS. The Museum is now supporting the documentary “Into the Unknown: The Paramedics’ Journey.” The film will tell the real-life stories of today’s paramedics, featuring a half-dozen agencies across the country.


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Steve Martin, a former L.A. County Assistant Fire Chief and a member of the executive team behind the documentary, emphasized the significant link between the Museum, the documentary, and the renowned TV show “Emergency!” According to Martin, the show vividly portrayed the experiences of L.A. County firefighters and paramedics. The documentary’s producers are none other than Randy Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, both of whom were prominent stars in the TV series.

The stars of the 70’s TV show “Emergency!”, which introduced the concept of paramedics to a wide audience and is credited with launching modern EMS in the U.S., are the first guests on the “Into the Unknown” podcast. Read more.

Martin said the Museum’s connection to the show by mentioning that its collection comprises over 70 historical and contemporary vehicles, with the iconic Squad 51 rescue truck from “Emergency!” being among the earliest donations. This association solidifies the close relationship between the Museum, the documentary, and the beloved television show.

“For nearly 30 years Randy Mantooth and Kevin Tighe have not only been steadfast supporters of our Museum but also friends to us all,” said museum past President and current Treasurer Captain Paul Schneider. “We have partnered on many worthy projects but this one is special—its potential impact is enormous. Our mission to honor and remember the special men and women in EMS is only strengthened with this documentary. The story of the modern paramedic needs to be told and we’re honored to help.”

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