Lights and Sirens

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Kevin Grange’s new memoir is now out.

Lights and Sirens is an authentic, compelling narrative of Grange’s journey through UCLA paramedic school and field internship on Los Angeles’s dangerous streets as he trains to save the lives of victims of heart attack, stroke and trauma. Grange is an excellent writer who does a great service to his new profession in conveying not just the accurate details and heart-pounding excitement of the job, but also revealing the essential compassion of the truest caregivers. Lights and Sirens is a book to be appreciated by both the general public and the fire and emergency medical services community.

Here is a link to Grange’s web site.

Lights and Sirens

Lights and Sirens can also be ordered from Amazon at this link:


I’ll have more to comment about the book later this week, but for now, check out this video.



  • Kevin Grange says:

    Thank you for the mention, Peter, and for all your wonderful posts here. It’s such a wonderful resource for EMS providers of all levels!

  • puck61 says:

    Not to be disrespectful but is this another war story book? It would be nice to see something more “deep” than a collection of war stories. It seems ems hasn’t found a voice in literature beyond glory story lit. Hopefully someone will look beyond the lights and sirens attitude and give us something with intellectual, psychological and spiritual depth. Not trying to slam the author just wanting more. I do hope he does well in his writing endeavors.

  • medicscribe says:

    This is somewhat of a prewar story book. It is the only book I know of that focuses almost entirely on what paramedic school is like, and it quite well written.

    Your overall comment is interesting. I do find and will be writing about this fairly soon, there is a marked difference between EMS nonfiction and EMS fiction. The nonfiction which sells by far the best tends to be the humble hero battles to proves hos worth and ends up the veteran who has proved himself worthy. The fiction is much more interesting because when it is good, I think it comes closer to the truth of what EMS is really like, although most of the fiction tends to go over the top. Try “Black Flies’ by Shannon Burke which is a retelling of the Heart of Darkness in EMS land, and a great read. While my two nonfiction books sold much better than my one novel, if you have a Kindle and $3.99, try Mortal Men. Not a Pulitzer Prize winner, but I prefer it to my two other books. And my favorite work of EMS fiction is actually a short story written by Maggie Dubris in her collection Weep Not My Wanton. The book has poetry and some weird stories, but this one story is about the birth of a premature infant in times square, and I thought was amazing.

  • paramedic441 says:

    Very well written! I would highly recommend this book to anyone contemplating medic school. While all programs vary, Kevin has captured the essence of what all paramedic programs are about. Anyone that has been through the classroom, labs, clinical rotations and ride time will be able to relate to his experiences.

  • Matt ONeill says:

    I agree with Peter, Kevin’s book is well written and a great read (as is Peter’s book). Kevin’s book does a great job balancing the illustration (to the layperson) of just how complex the medical aspect of Paramedicine can be coupled with the often viewed ‘adrenaline’ fueled aspects. I thoroughly enjoyed BOTH books and have recommended them to my fellow paramedics and family members alike. Great job representing!

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