Rescue 911 was an American reality-based television series. The show premiered on CBS on April 18, 1989 and ended on August 27, 1996. The series was hosted by William Shatner. It carried reenactments. It also included footage of real emergencies.
It was never intended as a teaching tool. However some viewers used the knowledge they got watching the show. There were two specials: 100 Lives Saved and 200 Lives Saved. They were dedicated to viewers who wrote CBS with their stories about watching Rescue 911.
A reboot of Rescue 911 was scheduled for late 2019.