History Series / Rescue911

13th Apr '16 11:09:41 PM Mikeyfan93
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* ManipulativeEditing: In one episode, a kid fell in a frozen river and was stuck underwater for about 45 minutes. One commenter points out that the kid actually had shoplifted and was running away, and the media painted it as a rescue. In real life, he faced no charges for what he did because of what happened.

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* ManipulativeEditing: In one episode, a kid fell in a frozen river and was stuck underwater for about 45 minutes. One YouTube commenter points pointed out that the kid actually had shoplifted and was running away, and the media painted it as a rescue. In real life, he faced no charges for what he did because of what happened.
29th Oct '15 9:10:41 AM smittykins
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** There was a case of woman driving down the freeway when he accelerator pedal got stuck, and she was also unable to shift into Park due to a transmission issue. She drove for several miles at a high speed before crashing; as she was being loaded into the ambulance, she overheard a bystander saying, "She must be dead; there's no way she could have survived."(She was actually released from the hospital that same day.)
31st Jul '15 7:51:50 PM DynamiteXI
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* HumiliationConga: A RealLife example happened to the titular crook from "Chimney Trapped Crook." First, he got stuck in the fireplace after [[WhatAnIdiot trying to break in through the chimney]] on ''Christmas Eve'' of all nights. Then the homeowners called the police, who showed up and had a good laugh. Then a fire/rescue crew showed up, and ''they'' all had a good laugh. Then the homeowners started taking some pictures to send to friends and family, further adding to the humiliation. Then, after spending half the night upside down, he is freed from the chimney--only to get tackled by some cops and firemen, arrested, and (later) sentenced. THEN some producers made an episode of ''Rescue 911'' about it...

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* HumiliationConga: A RealLife example happened to the titular crook from "Chimney Trapped Crook." First, he got stuck in the fireplace after [[WhatAnIdiot trying to break in through the chimney]] on ''Christmas Eve'' of all nights.right around Christmastime. Then the homeowners called the police, who showed up and had a good laugh. Then a fire/rescue crew showed up, and ''they'' all had a good laugh. Then the homeowners started taking some pictures to send to friends and family, further adding to the humiliation. Then, after spending half the night upside down, he is freed from the chimney--only to get tackled by some cops and firemen, arrested, and (later) sentenced. THEN some producers made an episode of ''Rescue 911'' about it...
22nd Jul '15 2:22:47 PM Mikeyfan93
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* HumiliationConga: A RealLife example happened to the titular crook from "Chimney Trapped Crook." First, he got stuck in the fireplace after [[WhatAnIdiot trying to break in through the chimney]]. Then the homeowners called the police, who showed up and had a good laugh. Then a fire/rescue crew showed up, and ''they'' all had a good laugh. Then the homeowners started taking some pictures to send to friends and family, further adding to the humiliation. Then, after spending half the night upside down, he is freed from the chimney--only to get tackled by some cops and firemen, arrested, and (later) sentenced. THEN some producers made an episode of ''Rescue 911'' about it...

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* HumiliationConga: A RealLife example happened to the titular crook from "Chimney Trapped Crook." First, he got stuck in the fireplace after [[WhatAnIdiot trying to break in through the chimney]].chimney]] on ''Christmas Eve'' of all nights. Then the homeowners called the police, who showed up and had a good laugh. Then a fire/rescue crew showed up, and ''they'' all had a good laugh. Then the homeowners started taking some pictures to send to friends and family, further adding to the humiliation. Then, after spending half the night upside down, he is freed from the chimney--only to get tackled by some cops and firemen, arrested, and (later) sentenced. THEN some producers made an episode of ''Rescue 911'' about it...
26th Jan '15 3:32:54 PM tenryufan
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Though popular in its own right, this show has yet to see an official DVD release (likely due to the true stories involved, and whether or not CBS still has the master tapes). However, that hasn't stopped [[http://www.youtube.com/user/allgood2000 two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/user/BeatleMoe YouTubers]] from posting various episodes on Website/YouTube.
** The show did get a VHS release in 1997 as ''Rescue 911: World's Greatest Rescues''; however, it is edited together with international stories and a new narrator.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: A few examples:
** "911 Under the Bed" featured the victim going for a rotary phone, before grabbing a digital phone to save time on dialing. It's worth noting that cell phones existed at the time of the segment, but the only available models were expensive and bulky.
*** You actually can see these sometimes. An episode about killer bees shows just how bulky those old cell phones were.
** A few episodes showed garage doors trapping people underneath them. In those cases, the houses had to have been built in the 1980s or before, when garage doors were ''much'' more dangerous because they lacked sensors and would keep descending no matter what (or ''who'') was underneath.
** With episodes dealing with carbon monoxide poisoning, one might wonder why the victims didn't have CO-detectors. Common carbon monoxide detectors at the time tended to be pads that would turn brown or black when CO was present. Audible alarms didn't become commonplace until the 1990s, after carbon monoxide deaths had increased.
** The scenario in "Freezer Tongue" might be more difficult today, since a lot of refrigerators have freezers on the bottom or on the side.
** Every so often, you might see an episode that shows a child playing a NintendoEntertainmentSystem or SegaGenesis.
** Another episode had a five-year-old girl call 911 after coming home and finding the house completely empty. What had happened was a case of [[PoorCommunicationKills communication failure]]: the girl normally took a bus to another school where she was picked up by her mother; however, on that particular day she was instead taken straight home by a friend's parents, and her mother was at the other school looking for her. Naturally, with the prevalence of cell phones today, such a scenario may seem antiquated to the modern viewer.
** One episode features a toddler getting burned by hot oil when he trips over a fryer's electric cord. Modern fryers have breakaway cords that are designed to prevent exactly that kind of thing from happening.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The fashions, sporadic EightiesHair, occasional pop culture references, and everything listed under TechnologyMarchesOn firmly plants this series in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
10th Jan '15 6:08:10 PM kchishol
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2nd Nov '14 1:25:34 PM DavidDelony
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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: A recurring theme is people who pull through despite slim prognoses that they'll survive their horrific injuries.

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: A recurring theme is people who pull through despite slim prognoses that they'll survive their horrific injuries. Justified as the point of the series is to show that these people do survive because they get help in time.
3rd Oct '14 7:33:37 AM RecentIdiocy
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Each episode consisted of a few segments, each its own story. Each segment started with people going about their daily lives, then some person(s) becoming involved in some situation that caused a medical emergency, and then people responding to it, and then emergency services (police/fire/medical) responding, and then maybe a few scenes from the hospital, and finally some scenes from what life was like some time later. The vast majority of stories involved some sort of serious physical injury or other life-threatening situation, although the vast majority of stories (though not all!) also have survivors. And there are a few that don't involve any injuries at all but have various unusual situations. The series was originally an hour-long series but was aired in a half-hour version in synication.

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Each episode consisted of a few segments, each its own story. Each segment started with people going about their daily lives, then some person(s) becoming involved in some situation that caused a medical emergency, and then people responding to it, and then emergency services (police/fire/medical) responding, and then maybe a few scenes from the hospital, and finally some scenes from what life was like some time later. The vast majority of stories involved some sort of serious physical injury or other life-threatening situation, although the vast majority of stories (though not all!) also have survivors. And there are a few that don't involve any injuries at all but have various unusual situations. The series was originally an hour-long series but was aired in a half-hour version in synication.
syndication.
3rd Jun '14 6:53:56 AM kchishol
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* InstantEmergencyResponse: Averted considering that the stories usually have emergency services seeming to take forever to get to the emergencies. For instance, there is a story of wounded man in an isolated farm house and it was noted that it would take 20 minutes for the ambulance to get there at maximum speed with lights and siren.
2nd Jun '14 10:52:00 AM SpaghettiBoy
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: A dog gets his head stuck in a dryer vent. The kids who are taking care of the dog are actually ''quite'' amused but call 911 regardless.
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