Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Writer's Block: Richard C. Yokley

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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If you watched an old episode of TV show Emergency! (1972-1979) and followed it up with an episode of Rescue Me (2004-2011), you would notice a big change in how fire sequences are filmed. There would also be a huge difference in story lines, from more tame to gritty.

But if you have an eye for detail and want to know about the specific fire trucks and other equipment used in these shows and others like them, check out The First Responders of Television by local writer Richard C. Yokley. (BearManor Media, 492 pages, $32.95.)

Publisher's summary:

BearManor Media proudly announces the release of its new book, The First Responders of Television, by Richard C. Yokley.
From the first live telecast of an actual fire in 1938, to such weekly television series as Rescue 8, Emergency!, Saved and Rescue Me in the US and International favorites of England's London's Burning, Germany's Medicopter 117, and Japan's Burning Flame trilogy, this book offers detailed coverage of the many First Responders of Television. They include Fire-fighters, Police Officers, Paramedics, EMTs, Lifeguards, Aeromedical, Forest Rangers, and the Coast Guard. Over 150 dramatic and comedic programs from around the world are discussed, including the apparatus they rode on, helicopters, aircraft, and boats utilized, as well as the hospitals they filmed from. Also included are reality programming, (Rescue 911, The Paramedics, and others), made-for-television movies (Firefighter, Pine Canyon is Burning), unsold pilots, and individual fire or rescue episodes from programs such as Perry Mason, Hunter, The A-Team, Law and Order, and others are covered.
To learn about this or other BearManor Media titles, please visit our website at www.bearmanormedia.com.

Author bio:

Richard C. Yokley was a member of the Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Protection District (San Diego, California) from 1972 to 1999. He received Firehouse Magazine's Heroism and Community Service Award in 1987. He has written several newspaper and trade journal articles, this is his third book. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society.

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