''Rescue Heroes'' began as a toy series by Creator/FisherPrice. It was turned into a MerchandiseDriven children's show on Creator/{{Teletoon}} and Creator/{{CBS}}[[note]]Later Creator/KidsWB after getting UnCanceled[[/note]] that taught kids about safety and a couple of other issues starting back at 1999.

The Rescue Heroes Global Response Team is a team of [[EmergencyServices emergency rescue specialists]] (firefighters, police, mountain climbers, divers, spelunkers, etc.) who are on call at a moment's notice to travel to the sight of big emergencies anywhere in the world and deal with them, usually employing a variety of [[MerchandiseDriven high-tech vehicles and equipment.]] All this is directed by astronaut Roger Houston, who watches over the world from a space station. Conceptually very similar to the classic series ''[[{{Series/Thunderbirds}} Thunderbirds,]]'' but set in the PresentDay.

Oh, and absolutely every recurring character has a [[MeaningfulName Meaningful,]] PunnyName, whether he/she is based on a toy or not.

!!This animated series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: All the female members of the Rescue Heroes.
* AlliterativeName: Billy Blazes, Wendy Waters, Jake Justice.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle[=/=]CatchPhrase: "Think like a Rescue Hero. Think safe."
* ArtEvolution: Season 1 is different design wise from Seasons 2 and 3. This is due to switching from Creator/WangFilmProductions (credited as Hong Gaung) to Creator/{{AKOM}}.
* {{Badass}}: Everybody.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Rescue Heroes.
* BigEater: Rocky.
* ChristmasEpisode: "All Alone for the Holidays."
* CoolBike: Jake Justice's.
* DemotedToExtra: Roger after Season 1.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Rocky's real name is Richmond as mentioned in "Cave In".
* EmergencyServices: The whole show is built around them.
* IAmNotMyFather: "Storm of the Century" reveals Billy's father was a construction worker along with all of his ancestors, and expected Billy to follow the same path. When Billy and his brother chose to be firefighters instead, he became frustrated and slowly lost contact with the two over the years. It becomes a major point of contention when they meet up again after years of silence between each other.
* ImagineSpotting: When Jack tells the story of how he became a Rescue Hero in "Flashback to Danger", his ImagineSpot opens with him walking while carrying a huge stack of metal beams at a construction site, to which Rocky asks "''How'' many beams were you carrying!?" Jack admits he was stretching the truth and the ImagineSpot then restarts with him carrying a lunchbox.
* {{Jerkass}}: Avery Ator in "Up, Up and Uh Oh".
* MeaningfulName: Every single character's name has to do with their job.
* MerchandiseDriven
* TheMovie: All in CG. Also to provide a very long commercial to promote their new toy.
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: Jack starting in Season 2.
* PunnyName: Rocky Canyon, Ariel Flyer, Jack Hammer, and many more.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Averted. Rocky almost quits the Rescue Heroes in "Flashback to Danger" when he makes a mistake during a rescue. Billy convinces Rocky to stay after telling him the story about the only other Rescue Heroes to quit. [[spoiler:Turns out that the Rescue Heroes who quit was Billy himself. He ultimately decided to stay with the team after watching an audition tape Rocky had sent in two years prior to events of the episode.]]
* TenMinuteRetirement: In "When it Rains, it Pours", Ariel, after rescuing a hiker during a forest fire, accept a job to become a spokesperson for the National Safety Council in order to teach kids about safety. [[spoiler:After a while, she starts to miss being a Rescue Hero. Ultimately, she rejoins the team and decide to create a website to teach kids about saftey.]] Out of all the other Rescue Heroes, Rocky was the one who was ''not'' happy about Ariel leaving.
* {{Tomboy}}: Ariel.
* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: The location of the accident in each episode seems to never be a detriment to how quickly the team arrives, despite how widely they can vary from episode to episode. This even applies to the space station.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: While the locations of each disaster are always written in text and sometimes even directly stated, the exact location of the command center is never revealed or hinted at.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback