Rescue team in Dresden, Germany (2006)
Helicopter rescue
Helicopter rescue in Malta in 2007
Patient in mountain rescue stretcher in Germany.
Rescue cushion

Rescue comprises responsive operations that usually involve the saving of life, or the urgent treatment of injuries after an accident or a dangerous situation.

Tools used might include search and rescue dogs, mounted search and rescue horses, helicopters, the "jaws of life", and other hydraulic cutting and spreading tools used to extricate individuals from wrecked vehicles. Rescue operations are sometimes supported by rescue vehicles operated by rescue squads.


Ropes and special devices can reach and remove individuals and animals from difficult locations including:

Rescue operations require a high degree of training and are performed by rescue squads, either independent or part of larger organizations such as fire, police, military, first aid, or ambulance services. In the U.S., they are usually staffed by medically trained personnel as NFPA regulations require it.[citation needed]

Old meanings

In former centuries the word "rescue" had other meanings: for example, there is an old record of a countryman living where Wythenshawe is now, being prosecuted in a local court for "making rescue" of a pig which had been seized as a distress for non-payment of money owed.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "UK diver swims to safety after Australia shark scare - The Viral Info". Retrieved 23 Oct 2017.

External links

  • The dictionary definition of rescue at Wiktionary
  • Media related to Rescue at Wikimedia Commons