'Nightwatch Nation' Follows Real Life EMTs Saving Lives Across the U.S. (VIDEO)

Jim Halterman
Exclusive Photo by Peter R. Escobido

We're used to mega-producer Dick Wolf taking us inside the scripted world of medicine with NBC's popular Chicago Med. But with A&E's unscripted series Nightwatch Nation, which premieres Thursday, it's all about the unscripted.

The dramatic reality series follows EMTs in multiple U.S. cities — Yonkers, Austin, Tucson, Baton Rouge — as they risk their lives on one of the toughest shifts out there: the night shift. There are 10 episodes in the first season, which will show the paramedics in a variety of stressful situations, dealing with things like stroke victims, drug overdoses and accidents involving more than one ambulances trying to save lives.

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Below is an exclusive clip from the premiere, in which Alex and Jamal, two Yonkers-based EMTs, talk about what made them choose to be first responders. But midway through the interview, as is often the case, they get a call from dispatch about a possible stroke and have to head out in hopes they can save another life.

Nightwatch Nation, Series Premiere, Thursday, August 16, 10/9c, A&E

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