YMMV / Rescue 911

The TV show:

  • Anvilicious: Many times, but this wasn't really the point of the series and was only mentioned in the "aftermath" part of the segments. And really, some of that advice can keep your friends and family safe.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: A lot of them.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The main theme Don't you just want to join an ambulance crew now?
  • Gateway Series: While not the first show of its kind, people who watched crime and rescue shows started with this show.
    • While there isn't an exact figure, it's safe to say there are quite a few people who were inspired to become dispatchers, firemen, paramedics, or police officers because of shows like this.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The tone in "Mystery Dispatch."
  • Narm: "Bob, get yer gun! There's an alligator with a kid in his mouth!"
  • Special Effect Failure: This lightning strike from "Lightning Lads."
  • Tear Jerker: By FAR. Especially, but obviously not limited to, those episodes where victims did die (though deaths were less frequent later in the show's run).
  • Too Dumb to Live: "Sealant Overdose," Played for Drama BIG time.
  • What an Idiot: Some of the accidents are caused by stupidity. Naturally, the show lampshaded this and showed how to learn from it.
    • "Scuba Cave," wherein some untrained divers decided to explore a cave. It did not end well.
    • "Roller Coaster Rescue," where a teenager mistakenly put his foot on the track to pull a roller coaster car that got stuck before the first chain lift. He ends up with a mangled leg after being dragged around the track.
    • A guy in one episode decides to move a dishwasher out to check on the hose, without first shutting off the electricity.
    • A couple of girls decide to play in the trunk of a car, and one of them closes it. (To be fair, though, they were kids...)
    • A woman was diagnosed as hypoglycemic, and did not take it seriously, causing her blood sugar get too low and to lose consciousness while driving.
    • A boy playing hide-and-seek decides that a narrow laundry chute would be the perfect place to hide.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: They mention that a pig is a very unusual pet. This is deliberately invoked in an episode where a pig has to be rescued.

The pinball machine:

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Pretty much the entire soundtrack, which helps turn even the most basic of tasks into a pulse-pounding race against the clock.
  • Good Bad Bugs: Normally, when starting the Cavern Rescue or Jaws of Life modes for the first time, it locks a ball to start the mode in conjunction with multiball. However, before plunging the second ball, you can still switch the mode using the flippers, meaning you can start any of the modes this way. Better yet, it's repeatable as long as you haven't completed both of the aforementioned modes, making your first go-round through the modes infinitely easier.