Title Details

Call an Ambulance

A day in the life of Sydney ambulance crew
Series : Social Studies Series | Episode : 2 | Year : 1955 | Total Duration : 18 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Malcolm Otton |
Australian flag and opening titles. High angle shot traffic in street, MS track ambulance past camera,various shots including POV ambulance along road, ambulance to camera, under railway bridge with Arnott's Biscuits advertising sign, MS through windscreen two ambulancemen, LS twin engined aircraft in flight ready for landing at Mascot, POV ambulance past truck and tram, MS traffic policeman signalling, various shots ambulance speeding along streets, rear view plane landing, ambulance arriving at Mascot Airport (later Kingsford Smith Airport) past control tower, Trans Australian Airways (TAA) plane taxiing.
Access No. 118261 | 1 min 42 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ambulance reversing across airport tarmac at Mascot Airport (later Kingsford Smith Airport), Trans Australia Airways (TAA) twin engined aircraft on tarmac, two male ambulance officers carrying child wrapped in blanket from aircraft down gangway followed by airline stewardess, placing her on stretcher and loading into back of ambulance, air hostess waving goodbye, ambulancemen get into vehicle and drive off. Dissolve.
Access No. 136345 | 1 min 3 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ambulance arriving outside hospital where nurse is waiting at entrance, tilt up to stone hospital sign above columns, ambulance men carrying girl named Joy on stretcher into children's hospital, VS girl being put into bed in ward, nurse watching over girl and covering her with blankets as ambulance officers leave.
Access No. 136346 | 52 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ambulance officer getting into ambulance to join driver, VS communicating with base on radio telephone, control room operator giving instructions for next emergency, filling in station log book, ambulance officer and station superintendent standing in front of parked ambulances, VS superintendent speaking with engineer who is working on engine, officer equipping his first aid kit, officers preparing up bed in ambulance, tank being filled with oxygen.
Access No. 136347 | 1 min 45 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS ambulance leaving station, officer signalling with hand, ambulance along street, view through windscreen two ambulancemen, pulling up outside house, woman called Fay with broken leg waiting on porch, officers pick her up and carry her to ambulance, mother going back inside house as ambulance pulls away, POV ambulance along suburban street, officers through windscreen, VS receiving emergency call on radio, driver turning vehicle abruptly, VS silhouetted men inside ambulance.
Access No. 136348 | 1 min 31 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS ambulance racing up street, track past camera, MCU ambulance driver, ambulance turning corner (looks like Summer Hill), MS curious man watching, ambulance man checking injured man in factory as ambulance reverses in B/G, officers assist man who has fallen from ladder, putting his arm in sling, MS woman already in back of ambulance, injured man lifted into ambulance, MS factory manager, watching ambulance drive away down alley. Dissolve.
Access No. 136349 | 1 min 9 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Ambulancemen at class, demonstration of portable oxygen set, CU turning tap on oxygen cylinder, volunteer patient sitting up, demonstration of bandaging head. Group of Narrabeen boy scouts outdoors with scoutmaster teaching them first aid, VS practising bandaging, two scouts in bush using compass, low angle tilt to boys standing on rock ledge, one surprised boy suddenly points below to body lying on ledge, boy named Jock scrambles down to check injured young man, carrying out first aid procedures.
Access No. 136350 | 2 mins 21 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Boy scout named Pete racing through bush back to scout camp to raise alarm with troop leader Laurie, two boys race off, boy scout Jock assisting young injured man on rock ledge in bush, bandaging his head as he comes to, Pete and Laurie running through bush, MCU boy scout Martin on phone to ambulance, chief ambulance officer taking emergency call, WS across Pittwater to Bayview, boys applying splints to injured man's leg, MS man wincing, MS two boy scouts.
Access No. 136351 | 1 min 19 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS ambulanceman in small launch crossing Pittwater, boy scout Pete watching out over bay, other boys fixing splint on injured young man, WS launch approaching across bay, boy waving, LS ambulance officer signalling back, view from boat to bushland, boy running to meet the boat, leading ambulanceman though bush to accident site, officer checking injured man named Stan, all carrying him off on stretcher, MS people on wharf waiting for launch which approaches jetty, injured man on board then being carried off to ambulance, Narrabeen boy scouts watching ambulance drive off. Dissolve.
Access No. 136352 | 2 mins 52 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Exterior children's hospital, ambulance man escorting young girl patient named Joy from hospital and helping her into ambulance, nurse watching, girl in ambulance, ambulance driving off, down George Street past Central Station, low angle station clock tower, ambulance men waving goodbye to girl on station platform. Fade to black.
Access No. 136353 | 59 secs | 1950s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |