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#1 charlie8575

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 10:58 AM

A question for those in law enforcement.

 

I've been watching Southland every season (great show- Adam 12 meets NYPD Blue), and during the program, in the even of an injured officer, a request for an "RA unit" is made.

 

I understand that, in essence, it's a paramedic/EMT, but what does the RA stand for?

 

Thanks.

 

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#2 martinfan5

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

I believe the "RA" stands for rescue apparatus



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:17 AM

I like that show also...been watching since it first came on..good gritty drama...wondering if it will be back for another season.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:19 AM

I like that show also...been watching since it first came on..good gritty drama...wondering if it will be back for another season.

Looks like it will be. I remember when NBC started it when ER ended, and I was happy to see that TNT picked it up later.

 

Excellent writing, good performances, and very real. One of the best shows on TV.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:25 AM

you might like NYC 22

 

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825122/



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:00 PM

I like that show also...been watching since it first came on..good gritty drama...wondering if it will be back for another season.

No it will not be , Southland was canceled



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:37 PM

Chuck...RA Unit is an LA term for rescue ambulance.  Every major city has their own terminology, ranging from codes to simple words.  In NYC, the most common term for an ambulance is "bus".    "Get me a bus forthwith Central...this guy's checking out!" 



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 12:54 PM

Chuck...RA Unit is an LA term for rescue ambulance.  Every major city has their own terminology, ranging from codes to simple words.  In NYC, the most common term for an ambulance is "bus".    "Get me a bus forthwith Central...this guy's checking out!" 

 

Tom's right:   Rescue Ambulance.  And, he's correct that every jurisdiction has its own vernacular.  Where I was, the bosses had to constantly remind the troops to avoid using the local slang, "Meat wagon" on the radios!  And, of course, our area flight for life helicopter air ambulance service really disliked being referred to as "dash for cash."



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:19 PM

If I may join this conversation, I once heard the term "threat level" in conjunction with Kevlar. I'm pretty sure I know what it means, but could one of you explain please?



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:28 PM

you might like NYC 22

 

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825122/

Saw it, not bad. Is anyone picking it up next year? I haven't seen it advertised anywhere.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:29 PM

If I may join this conversation, I once heard the term "threat level" in conjunction with Kevlar. I'm pretty sure I know what it means, but could one of you explain please?

I beleive you are talking about bulletproof vest,  BP vest have different levels of protection , I am not going to into detail as there is a lot of stuff to type, but you can find out more here

http://en.wikipedia....ulletproof_vest



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:32 PM

Saw it, not bad. Is anyone picking it up next year? I haven't seen it advertised anywhere.

 

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No, its not coming back either , it was canceled May 13th 2012, NYC 22 was a mid season replacement for CSI Miami and then when it came back to air in July, that was only to burn off the reaming episodes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NYC_22


Edited by martinfan5, 03 June 2013 - 02:36 PM.


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:33 PM

No it will not be , Southland was canceled

That's unfortunate. It's a really good program. I hope a revseral of decision is made.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 02:36 PM

No, its not coming back either , its been canceled as well

Criminy, I'm really striking out! :lol:

 

Well...Motive, Rookie Blues and Major Crimes will keep me amused, along with The Glades and Longmire.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:56 PM

Motive is a really good show, I really enjoyed the first season. One of those rare occasions of a Canadian TV show being picked up by a US network!

 

My wife and I also really enjoy The Glades, even if it is a bit formulaic. I also like Longmire.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:59 PM

We called it simply E-M-S, as in "what's the eta for ems?"

 

Slang term would be "bambalance", don't ask how that got started, I never did know.

 

I have to say I've never watched any of the mentioned shows.

 

In my mind "Barney Miller" was the best depiction of a big city detective bureau ever shown on TV. I can place a face to every character in the show, and while it's about a weeks worth of action condensed into a half hour sitcom, they  got it right.

 

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Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:31 AM

 

Slang term would be "bambalance", don't ask how that got started, I never did know.

 

Oh come now!  That is one of the most famous 911 calls ever!  This is the best I can come up with that has all the naughty words bleeped out.  If for some reason you desire a stream of obscenities the uncensored version is out there.

 


Edited by niteowl7710, 04 June 2013 - 08:32 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2013 - 10:54 AM

 

Oh come now!  That is one of the most famous 911 calls ever!  This is the best I can come up with that has all the naughty words bleeped out.  If for some reason you desire a stream of obscenities the uncensored version is out there.

 

 

 

The deer and the dog must be related . . . they both have the same first name!



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Posted 04 June 2013 - 04:31 PM

Same name as my dog, quite the coinkidink.

 

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:28 PM

Flashpoint was the one I liked.

A CTV show the ran on CBS for a couple Summers, then on ION.

I believe it too will end. Or at least No New episodes

 

Never cared for any of those listed above.