Rescue 471

Rescue 471: A Paramedic’s Stories

Published in paperback in 2000 by Ballantine Books, Rescue 471 continues Peter Canning’s story as he works as a paramedic on the streets of Hartford, Connecticut.


“Rescue 471 recounts Canning’s experiences serving as a medic for a private ambulance service that has the 9-11 contract for the city of Hartford, CT, and its surrounding communities. Canning presents an excellent slice of urban EMS coupled with the sociology of partner interaction, working with other emergency service providers…a nicely written realistic look at EMS that can be just as easily understood, appreciated and emphathized with by those of us in the trenches as by those who aren’t but would like to know what it’s all about.”
— Emergency Medical Services

“Canning captures with words what it is to be an EMT or a paramedic in one of America’s cities. There are enough lights and sirens to keep you adrenaline junkies happy, but what really counts is that you’ll recognize many of your patients here…an ideal book to give to family or friends when they ask, ‘So what’s it really like being a paramedic (EMT)?’…An excellent and enjoyable read.”
— Journal of Emergency Medical Services


  • Douglas Bird says:

    Great book. I loved it.

  • Carmen Jackson says:

    Me being a Hartford, CT resident for 30+ years I wondered what is it like to become an EMT and what would make a person want to become an EMT. After reading your book Mortal Men it gave me insight to what an EMT has to go through on a daily basis. The book was insightful. The only problem I had was the book only comes in kindle form and I do not own one. I would really like to read the book further. What I would like to know does it come in paperback? I would like to read your other books. I would like to say that I am very great full to all of the EMT’s/paramedics who work on the streets of Hartford. I would like to add pleased be careful and safe out there and may God bless all of you and thank you for writing such an informative book.

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