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Also known asRescue 3
Created by
Directed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production locationSouth Africa
CinematographyStuart Asbjornsen
Running time43 min
Production companies
Original network Syndication
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2013 (2013-09-21) 
May 17, 2014 (2014-05-17)

SAF3 (pronounced "Safe"), also known by its working title Rescue 3, is a syndicated American action-drama television series following the daily challenges of the S(Sea), A(Air), and F(Fire) divisions of the Malibu Fire Department. This series consists of 20 episodes that originally ran during the 2013–14 season.


Although this series originated in the United States and is set in California, it was filmed in South African locations such as Cape Town and Camps Bay Beach.




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Hero's Last Mission"Gregory J. BonannGregory J. Bonann,
Tai Collins
September 21, 2013 (2013-09-21)
Former Navy SEAL Hal Dunnigan has founded a hand-picked, multi-disciplinary rescue unit based in Malibu, California. During a fire on Catalina Island Dunnigan's team goes in to save a girl scout troop. Refusing to leave one behind, Dunnigan deliberately misses the helicopter extraction window and gets trapped by a crushing tree. His deputy Erickson, also a SEALs veteran, can only save the girl. Back home Erickson leads a memorial diving ceremony for his late friend and takes over command of the unit.
2"In Remembrance"Phil ScarpaciGregory J. Bonann,
Tai Collins
September 28, 2013 (2013-09-28)
Reeling from the loss of their leader, the SAF3 team suffers another major blow when the very existence of the program is questioned by a board of review. Until the outcome is divulged, it is business as usual and the SAF3 team pulls together to make a dramatic car rescue.
3"Texas in a Bottle"Gary CapoGregory J. Bonann,
Tai Collins
October 5, 2013 (2013-10-05)
The investigation into the SAF3 team's actions in the deadly Catalina fire carries on, while Alfonso struggles with his horrific physical injuries and haunting emotional scars. The remainder of the team is put into jeopardy while undertaking a daring underwater rescue.
4"Under Pressure"Phil ScarpaciBen J. Hashby,
Hugo Simpson
October 12, 2013 (2013-10-12)
Confident they will be reinstated after a suspension sentence they feel is unfair, the SAF3 team carries on with their training activities. A drill led by Graciela Vega, a trauma nurse in the Los Angeles forest, turns into a real rescue when the SAF3 team comes across a welder fighting for his life.
5"Faces"Gregory J. BonannTai CollinsOctober 19, 2013 (2013-10-19)
Crushed by the news that SAF3 has been terminated, the team rallies together to overturn the decision. Anxiously awaiting the outcome of their appeal, they focus their energy on supporting Alfonso as he faces a new life after being severely burned.
6"I Can't Pretend"Gary CapoJohn F. DilnikOctober 26, 2013 (2013-10-26)
After a string of testing events, SAF3 is rewarded with an unexpected posthumous gift from their leader. Graciela must face her greatest fear in a dangerous cliff rescue, while Alfonso struggles to claim his position back on the team.
7"Unknown Soldier"Gregory J. BonannDavey LovejoyNovember 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)
A paddling row turns into a dangerous encounter for two SAF3 members when they are held captive by an unstable ex-soldier.
8"Vigilance"Gary CapoPaul JacksonNovember 9, 2013 (2013-11-09)
Each SAF3 member's area of expertise and resilience is put to the test when they are called to a hazardous underground rescue involving the deadly effects of a poisonous gas. Meanwhile, Charley gets herself noticed for her consistent rescue work along Malibu beach.
9"Training Day"Gregory J. BonannHans RodionoffNovember 16, 2013 (2013-11-16)
The new leader of SAF3 must face his personal issues in order to maintain his position in the organization. Meanwhile, the team intensifies their training schedule, focusing their energy on their respective weak points and helping one another overcoming their own fears.
10"Second Chances [1] "Gary CapoTai CollinsJanuary 18, 2014 (2014-01-18)
Two members of the team experience first-hand the intransigent code of conduct by which SAF3 operates. Meanwhile, closure on a horrific experience that left him scarred for life brings Alfonso a new sense of purpose.
11"Sacrifices [2] "Gary CapoPaul JacksonJanuary 25, 2014 (2014-01-25)
The SAF3 team are in a race against time to rescue refugees in a shipping container tossed overboard by human traffickers. The strong bond among the group is further strengthened beyond their work relationship by several acts of selflessness.
12"Adrift"Dave KefferTai CollinsFebruary 1, 2014 (2014-02-01)
The SAF3 helicopter crashes, leaving three of the team seriously injured and adrift in the ocean. The rest of the team rallies to provide as much support as they can in the hopes of finding their friends alive.
13"Barriers"Eric LockoPaul JacksonFebruary 15, 2014 (2014-02-15)
Two of the SAF3 team become trapped in a collapsed bomb shelter whilst saving injured victims.
14"Let It Burn"Gary CapoPaul JacksonFebruary 22, 2014 (2014-02-22)
When the SAF3 team arrives at a dangerous chemical fire to find six firefighters trapped inside, they make the difficult decision to let it burn.
15"Finding Home"Gregory J. BonannTai CollinsMarch 1, 2014 (2014-03-01)
Eriksson goes to Cape Town to help Kacie find her father, and back at home the team gets a new helicopter.
16"Father's Day"Gregory J. BonannTai CollinsMarch 8, 2014 (2014-03-08)
One of the SAF3 team members is haunted by the memory of her father's death in a tragic fire.
17"Who I Am"Gregory J. BonannHans RodionoffApril 26, 2014 (2014-04-26)
After the coast guard finds the wreckage of the SAF3 Helo, Texas, Graciela and Jared decide to return to the scene of their near fatal crash. Alfonso faces a life altering decision that could take him away from SAF3.
18"Triumph Over Tragedy"Gregory J. BonannTai CollinsMay 3, 2014 (2014-05-03)
On the five-year anniversary of the catastrophic fire that formed SAF3, each member is forced to relieve the tragic event that changed their lives.
19"Smoke Pipe"Gary CapoHans RodionoffMay 10, 2014 (2014-05-10)
When a diver is trapped in an underwater intake pipe, members of SAF3 must risk their own lives to set him free.
20"Independence Day"Gary CapoHans RodionoffMay 17, 2014 (2014-05-17)
The Fourth of July is the busiest day of the year for the SAF3 team; their skills and courage are pushed to the limit when they respond to an offshore explosion.

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