Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Pioneers of Paramedicine Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee

There was an idea... then there was a tremendous amount of work. Here are the committee members that worked on the project and made it happen so that the Museum can archive and present these stories to you;

  • Nancy McFarland (chair)
  • Joe Covelli
  • Kristen Connors
  • Baxter Larmon
  • Randolph Mantooth

Besides all of the planning and work contacting the doctors as well as setting up their travel plans, the committee also hosted the event.

Randolph Mantooth and UCLA’s Baxter Larmon, director of the Center for Prehospital Care at UCLA, served as emcees of the awards event, the other members of the event’s planning committee were Nancy McFarland, Kristen Connors and Joe Covelli.

Kristen Connors, Mantooth’s manager and wife, a long-time event planner, coordinated the event.

Nancy McFarland, the Pioneers Committee Chair who shared Mantooth’s vision for the project, points out that the Pioneers of Paramedicine Project is dedicated to the memory and work of James O. Page, JEMS founding publisher, a former LA County Fire Department Battalion Chief, technical advisor to the Emergency! TV Series, and former member of the board of the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum.

McFarland also thanked the many national organizations that endorsed the project, including: NAEMSP, NAEMSE, UCLA Health System, NAEMT, the IAFF and the IAFC.

Mr. Mantooth personally thanked Joe Kiani, Masimo Corporation chairman and CEO, and Jason Maravelias, director of marketing North America for Philips Healthcare for believing in the project and providing financial support to make it happen.

The event’s founding sponsors, Masimo Corporation and Philips Healthcare; program sponsor ZOLL; Premier Media Sponsor, JEMS; and Media Sponsor, EMS Magazine. He noted that an event of this magnitude would not have been possible without the support of these generous and dedicated sponsors.

But the highlight of the evening was the introduction and recognition of each of the distinguished honorees. Each was introduced by a surprise guest who knew them from the early days of their EMS career, the most notable being Seattle’s current and long-time Medical Director Michael K. Copass, MD , who introduced Seattle Medic One pioneer, Leonard Cobb.


James O. Page

James O. Page was a giant figure in the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Since his sudden death on September 4, 2004, the fire service publishing world was first on scene via the internet to tell the amazing story of his life. When he was laid to rest in Carlsbad, California, by his family, colleagues and friends. History will remember him as one of the most influential fire chiefs in the fire service in the 20th century.

Jim Page began his fire service career in 1957. While working his way through the ranks he completed his undergraduate education and law school at night. He has been a licensed California attorney since 1971. As a Battalion Chief with Los Angeles County, he coordinated the implementation of the Department’s paramedic rescue services. At the same time, he served as technical consultant and writer for the “Emergency!” television series. In 1973, he took a deferred retirement from the fire department and spent ten years based on the east coast – as Chief of EMS for the State of North Carolina, and as Executive Director of the non-profit ACT (Advanced Coronary Treatment) Foundation.

In 1979, he founded Jems Communications, publishers of JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and FireRescue Magazine. In 1984, Jim returned to the California fire service. In 1989, he retired as Fire Chief for the City of Monterey Park and returned to full-time service as President of Jems Communications. In 1995 he was honored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs when they created the annual “James O. Page Award of Excellence.” In 2000, he was featured by Fire Chief Magazine as one of the 20 most influential fire chiefs of the 20th Century. He served on the Museum's board of dirctors from 1996.

Los Angeles County Fire Museum's James O. Page Biography
for more on Chief Jim Page


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