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The word is in the title just to point out that it's a Rescue movie.

A Rescue show/game/movie focuses on The Team of heroic professional Emergency Services personnel who specialize in helping people and animals when trapped in dangerous situations in the field. The danger could be fire, drowning, an avalanche, a climber trapped on a cliff, a victim with severe injuries, or a missing/sinking boat.

Typically, the story formula often shows the development of the emergency, which turns into a life and death crisis that regular police and ambulances can't help with; no unit can save the victims but the elite rescue force.

They in turn usually are alerted to an Alarm SOS at their base and then rush to an Emergency Squad Scramble with dramatic, bombastic theme music playing as they board their vehicles (or helicopters/planes/boats) and race to the rescue. Expect a Cool Car, Cool Boat, Cool Plane or Big Badass Rig for their rescue vehicle/truck (or boat/plane) tricked out with flashing lights, sirens, and specialized rescue equipment.

The Team will have The Captain, a strong, confident leader and under them, a hierarchical Command Roster, including The Medic, several rescuers, a Communications Officer and a Badass Driver (or Ace Pilot).

They arrive just in time (possibly Fast-Roping from a chopper) to do a Crisis Catch And Carry and help the victims. Sometimes there is seemingly no way to save one of the victims. The fire/waves/fumes are too intense and the rescue is too dangerous...Then The Captain orders that No One Gets Left Behind and the Badass Crew swoops in for a risky, death-defying rescue. If the victim is seriously injured and needs life-saving medical intervention immediately, the rescuers may have to Roadside Surgery on site.

Although these series are expensive to stage with all the fires, explosions, helicopters and location shooting (unless you use puppets or animation), they have the advantage that, during times of moral panics on media violence, they're action shows where the heroes save people instead of killing bad guys.

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Ship SAR op

Helios 87 is deployed from JASDF Komatsu Air Base to rescue crewmen from a cargo ship that's on fire. So far, the team has evacuated two of the four crewmen.

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