Caught in the wild for the first time this morning: a Los Angeles Fire Department Advanced Provider Response Unit. Yes, it looks like a regular RA (rescue ambulance,) but there is more here than meets the eye.
I grew up watching Emergency! from age seven to fourteen, alternating throughout between a simple buff and wanting to be a firefighter. It seems I have chosen the former path, and as a part of that collect patches of fire departments that are relevant to me.
This shoulder patch, worn by the Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics in the show, naturally belongs at the top of my collection, since it commemorates when my fascination with firefighting began.