09-04-04 – It is with deep and extreme sadness that I advise you of the sudden passing of “The Father of Modern EMS”, Chief Jim Page. Jim was the founder of JEMS Magazine, Fire-Rescue Magazine, primary advisor of the TV Show “EMERGENCY”, a prominent Attorney and former Fire Chief. Jim passed away early this evening while swimming. There are no additional details, but when we have them-we will send out a notifcation on The Secret List.
Jim Page began his fire service career in Los Angeles County in 1957. He served in numerous locations and roles while working his way through the ranks and completing undergraduate education and law school at night. He has been a licensed California attorney since 1971.
Here is a brief history of a wonderful man and friend to us at FirefighterCloseCalls.com. In 1971, Jim was assigned by his department to coordinate the countywide implementation of paramedic rescue services. At the same time, he served as the technical consultant and writer for the Emergency! television series. In 1973, he resigned from the fire department to accept the new position of Chief of EMS for the State of North Carolina. Jim spent the next ten years based on the east coast. In 1976, he was selected as Executive Director of the non-profit ACT (Advanced Coronary Treatment) Foundation. In 1979, he founded JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services). Over the years, it has become the centerpiece of Jems Communications, the worlds most respected source of information for emergency medical services.In 1984, Jim returned to the California fire service while maintaining a leadership role in Jems. In 1989, he retired as Fire Chief for the City of Monterey Park (in Los Angeles County) and returned to full-time service as Chairman and CEO of Jems Communications. Over the years, Jim Page wrote six books, more than 400 magazine articles and editorials, and given more than 800 public speeches. He has established and funded an EMS educational foundation at Palomar College near San Diego. 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.
Most recently, while continuing to serve as publisher emeritus of JEMS and FireRescue Magazine, Jim was a partner in the law firm of Page, Wolfberg and Wirth, with offices in California and Pennsylvania. Mr. Page is a father of four, a grandfather of six, a private pilot, and a collector of vintage fire and rescue equipment.