Despite the objections of doctors and nurses at the time, Governor Reagan signed the Wedworth Townsend Act into law on July 15, 1970 (Approval of the first Paramedic program in the country). Reagan only signed off after gaining assurance that paramedics would be allowed to cross city lines freely within Los Angeles County. Our Air Assist management were leaders in promoting those paramedics into helicopters in 1970-1977. The procedures were adopted (Lifeshield) for Alaskan Pipeline operations. The Construction on the $8 billion pipeline began March 27, 1975. The final weld was completed at Pumping Station 3, near Atigun Pass, on May 31, 1977, and oil began to flow through the pipeline June 20. The Essex /Air Assist management team remembers those challenges. Alaska has more oil than the Middle East. Join us in the fight to reopen those piplines shut down by this administration.