April 29, 2012, marks 20 years since the "L.A. Riots," during which 3,600 fires were set, destroying over 1,000 structures and flooding 9-1-1 fire calls. Los Angeles in no stranger to civil unrest. In 1965, the Watts area erupted into a maelstrom of fire and violence, leaving 34 dead. But when the 1992 L.A. rampage finally ended, it had surpassed the Watts experience and officially became the worst urban riot in U.S. history, leaving 58 dead—mostly of gunshot injuries–and more than 2,300 injured. EMS World Magazine covered the EMS response to the riots in its July 1992 issue. For the first time, we offer an electronic version of that article for download.
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