Rescue Special Operations
They are the elite of the elite. Heroes who risk their lives to rescue others. They are the men and women of Rescue Special Operations. Experienced paramedics in peak physical condition, they’re skilled in abseiling, rock climbing, surf and sea rescue, 4wd driving, and fire brigade procedures. They’re the first to be called in for any natural or man-made disaster, salvage or rescue operation. Dean and Chase Gallagher are brothers. Competitive alpha males, they argue over everything, agree on nothing, but defend each other from outsiders no matter what. Their boss Michelle and logistics manager Vince are the best in the business. Highly professional and cool under pressure. The rest of the elite unit includes Lara, an ex-gymnast and expert at getting into tight places, Jordan, a dare-devil surfer and diving professional, and Heidi, who loves nothing more than abseiling down a sheer mountainside. The job brings them face to face with life and death situations everyday which they endure with training and a fair dose of humour. Deep down they’re just like any one else, juggling love, life, and career. Join them for a high-octane, gut-wrenching, emotionally up-lifting, ride.
S01:E01 - Episode 1
Two teenagers have gone missing overnight from a school camp in the Blue Mountains. Did they run away? Or is there something more sinister afoot? Rescue Special Ops are called in to do a sweep of the rugged terrain and they discover one of the teenagers, shaken and cold. But he can’t, or won’t, say what happened to his girlfriend. And that’s not the only secret the Mountains are hiding. As they search for the missing girl, Dean and Lara stumble upon a missing plane, and even more astonishing, a passenger who survived the crash. As Dean bonds with the dying woman, some clever sleuthing by Heidi reveals a bizarre student love triangle.
S01:E02 - Episode 2
Dean rescues an attractive young woman, Jasmine, from the side of a city highrise, and against his better judgement becomes romantically involved with her. Meanwhile, Lara rescues a man from a stormwater drain, but not before he nearly drowns them both in his search for the ultimate thrill. Intrigued by the experience, Lara can’t help but see something of herself in his thrillseeking recklessness. As the real reason for Jasmine’s being in peril becomes clear, Dean finds himself compromised by her shady dealings. And as Lara confronts the demons within, both she and Dean realise why it’s never a good idea to get involved with someone you’ve rescued.
S01:E03 - Episode 3
An explosion at a nightclub sees Rescue Special Ops working side by side with the Firies. In the ensuing chaos, Dean’s arch rival, Jake, takes a shine to Lara, Jordan bumps into a friend from his misspent youth, and the nightclub’s owner and drug kingpin is stabbed to death. When it’s revealed that Jordan’s old mate is a suspect in the murder, Jordan stays silent. He determines to get to the bottom of his friend’s involvement, and along the way falls into bed with his mate’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, Dean and Jake make a bet about Lara, who is less than amused. Nor is Jordan’s friend Willo when he discovers Jordan’s secret tryst with his girlfriend. And while Jordan is left feeling confused about who his friends are, the station is highly amused to see Jake step up and honour losing his bet – if not his dignity - in fine style.
S01:E04 - Episode 4
A rock-thrower causes a horrific three vehicle MVA. As Dean struggles to rescue a local bookie from his car, Chase attends to a badly injured woman. Just before she dies she asks him to fulfil her dying wish – “tell my daughter her father isn’t her father.” Chase wrestles with the dilemma and against his better judgement, finds the daughter and is soon dragged into her anguished teenage world. Meanwhile Dean finds himself under threat from the bookie’s brother, who claims a great deal of money went missing from his car during the rescue. And Lara has problems of her own when she shows an eager young potential recruit through the station. Suspicious that he may be the infamous rock-thrower who is causing so much carnage on the roads, the team confront him – only to discover they’ve not only got the wrong man, they’ve got a bitter enemy.
S01:E05 - Episode 5
The skipper of a small cruiser swigs from his flask, before faltering, apparently drunk, and crashing into a boatload of young revellers. Rescue Special Ops arrive and begin plucking people from the water. While Heidi tends to a young woman with a bump on her head who seems to be fine, Dean goes looking for the skipper who has disappeared, presumed dead. When Heidi’s patient goes into cardiac arrest and dies a Jane Doe – Person Unknown, she’s driven to discover her identity. And Dean is driven to find the missing skipper, whom he is convinced is still alive. He enlists the help of his father. As Shane and Dean bicker over ancient Gallagher history, they discover the missing skipper who confesses he took advantage of the boating disaster to escape a love triangle of his own making. Shane and Dean manage to put some family skeletons to rest, while Heidi finally discovers the ID of her Jane Doe, and can put her to rest as well.
S01:E06 - Episode 6
A boom lift operator suffers a heart attack, causing his construction’s scaffolding to collapse. As our guys arrive and start pulling people from the rubble, Jordan finds himself under the spell of the only woman on site. She shocks him by revealing that the accident was a deliberate attempt to get her sacked, then shocks (and delights) him again when she takes him to her bed – with her sexy flatmate. Meanwhile, Michelle’s decision to evacuate surrounding buildings has her at loggerheads with Rescue Head Honcho, Ed Frazer. The pressure mounts on Michelle, and only gets worse when Jordan, in a bid to stop the campaign against his new lover, takes a swing at her construction boss, and an assault charge follows. Ed Frazer confronts Michelle and demands her resignation, but she’s not going anywhere just yet.
S01:E07 - Episode 7
When the crew is called to rescue passengers trapped on a ferris wheel at the fun park, they discover a badly battered woman at its base. Could she be the latest victim of the taser rapist? Heidi’s overwhelming empathy sees her bond with the victim’s husband. Meanwhile Dean runs into an old flame, Nicole, ‘the one that got away,’ and sparks fly. As Heidi’s sense of injustice warps into overdrive, the taser rapist is captured and injured and she has to struggle to put her personal feelings aside to treat him. While Dean starts to wonder if Nicole is the one woman he’d settle down with, Heidi starts to wonder if she’s really cut out for the job. When the woman from the Fun Park dies, Heidi goes to comfort her husband and to her horror, slowly pieces together the true identity of the taser rapist.
S01:E08 - Episode 8
Dean’s doing it tough. When the team is called to rescue the driver of a car teetering on a cliff edge, he discovers they’ve rescued a couple of carjackers. Meanwhile, he and Chase are diverted to another rescue - a serious trench collapse – and at the bottom, his life in serious danger, is their father Shane. Realising his father is a fallible, ageing man Dean questions his own future and manages to seriously mess up his relationship with Nicole. Fuelled by anger at his father’s shortcomings, he throws himself into another dangerous rescue – this time a gang responsible for blowing up an ATM – only to discover he’s seen a couple of these faces before.
S01:E09 - Episode 9
An illegal rave party on some rocks by the sea turns to disaster when a rogue wave washes the ravers off the rocks. In a dramatic rescue operation, Chase connects with Brandon, a guy who gets his arm wedged under a rock. Chase, feeling vulnerable over the state of his life and lack of friends, pursues friendship with Brandon as eagerly as Brandon seeks Chase’s company. Meanwhile, Lara feels responsible for the death of one of the raver’s boyfriends when she fails to act on the woman’s cries for help. When it’s later suspected that the dead man, Jack, is a victim of homicide, Chase comes to suspect Brandon might be involved. Confronting Brandon almost ends in disaster when Brandon attempts suicide and requires rescuing by Chase once again. And, Lara suspects that Hamish is having an affair, but soon discovers that his nights out are linked to his secret DUI charge. When Lara learns that Dean knew about Hamish’s lies to her, she takes her anger out on Dean, rather than Hamish, threatening their friendship.
S01:E10 - Episode 10
An explosion in a shopping centre sees Rescue Special Ops reunite with the Firies to get panicked shoppers to safety. But there’s a little boy missing, and locating him becomes a top priority for Vince. When an environmental activist group (ECO) takes responsibility for the explosion, one of the frightened shoppers overhears the word ‘bomb’, and causes major panic. Things are further complicated when a steroid abusing, gym junkie has a heart attack in the car park and Heidi and Chase have to save him. Meanwhile newly single Lara rescues a man stuck on a balcony and is given a small boost by his flirting. But their day isn’t over yet. Another ECO activist glues himself to a pole in order to spread the message. And when Lara and Jordan go to rescue some passengers stuck in a lift, they discover an attractive young activist Caitlin, who succeeds in getting her message across to just one person – Jordan. And Lara realizes that it might not be so great being single after all.
S01:E11 - Episode 11
What should be a routine job – find a bride in a hot air balloon and bring her down safely – turns into a series of disasters as the Rescue Special Ops team realise the balloon isn’t the only thing that’s been sabotaged: Michelle and Dean’s liaison in her office has been filmed, Chase is in trouble when something goes wrong with his oxygen tank while he’s underwater, and Dean and Lara only just avert a serious crash when their vehicle is tampered with. Someone is targeting Rescue and they mean business. But who would want to kill the very people who save lives? In the meantime, what should have been the happiest day of a young couple’s life ... won’t be.
S01:E12 - Episode 12
The team is coming to terms with the need for increased security around the stationhouse when the call comes in. A distressed wife claims her husband is missing in the national park. Dean and Chase locate the missing bushwalker who is not only unharmed, but surprised. And he’s not keen on returning. When a young man turns up, they think they understand why, and head back in. But the man’s wife, enraged, takes off into the bush and ends up marooned in a creek. Lara and Dean are affecting a water rescue when the husband reveals that the young man is not his lover, but his son. Unfortunately, it’s too late for Lara. The creek’s water levels are rising dangerously and her leg’s trapped. And there’s only one way Dean can save her. Meanwhile, Vince and Michelle finally extricate themselves from their whizzbang new security, only to discover they’ve had an intruder. And it seems that Naomi, the jealous wife, was right all along -- her husband was having an affair.
S01:E13 - Episode 13
An unaccompanied pram jumps the kerb and ploughs straight under the wheels of an oncoming diesel truck, which clips a garden supplies truck and a hybrid car. It’s a recipe for a major explosion. As the crew arrive the stakes ramp up when they discover the hybrid car is alive. And no one can find the pram with the baby. Meanwhile, back at the station, Lara, on crutches and all alone, thinks she hears someone. She goes to investigate …. Back at the accident site things are getting worse. There’s a plastics factory experiencing problems. And their gas pipes could explode at any moment. It’s action stations as the crew are forced to juggle potential catastrophes. And matters are further complicated by a dodgy Ambo who seems to be secretly filming the disaster. When the ambo turns up at the station, Lara recognizes Rick, the weirdo from episode 5. And he’s not happy. As he lunges for her, Dean puts two and two together, realizes that Rick is the dodgy ambo and the saboteur. He races back to the station, but will he get there in time to save Lara?
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