Peter Baskett was one of the world’s leading figures in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and pre-hospital medical care. In the early 1970s, along with Douglas Chamberlain, he developed advanced training for the ambulance personnel who then became the first paramedics in Europe. Peter was responsible for introducing premixed nitrous oxide/oxygen (Entonox) for use as an analgesic into the ambulance service in the United Kingdom in 1970. Peter was a founder member and Chair (1981-85) of the British Association for Immediate Care Scheme (BASICS). He was also a founder member of the Community Resuscitation Advisory Committee (CRAC). In 1984, this committee became the Resuscitation Council (UK) – the first Resuscitation Council in Europe. Peter was one of the founding members of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and was Chair from 1989 to 1994. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resuscitation from 1997 until his death in 2008.