- This article is about International Rescue as depicted in Thunderbirds. For the organisation's depiction in Thunderbirds are Go!, see International Rescue (TB2015).
- "Oh, fantastic, the way the whole thing is cloaked in mystery!"
— Kyrano's Doctor
International Rescue is a secret, non-profit organisation dedicated to saving lives. Any who find themselves in danger, anywhere in the world, need only put out a call for help - on any frequency - and, from...somewhere...I.R. will hear it, and respond.
I.R. is the vision of its founder, billionaire retired astronaut Jeff Tracy; and arose from his own personal tragedy: the death of his wife, under circumstances that - had proper rescue equipment been closer to hand - she might otherwise have survived.
Jeff's five grown sons - all with their own unique technical expertise - comprise the beating heart of International Rescue... piloting the five from-sea-to-space signature Thunderbirds, along with operating additional rescue equipment capable of fantastic feats thanks to the advanced technology that I.R. possesses. Strict security is maintained - at home and in the field - to protect both the organisation itself and its many secrets, because in Jeff's own words: "If this organisation is not securely tight, it cannot remain functional"...
The organisation's carefully-concealed headquarters is at Tracy Island, somewhere in the South Pacific, where the extended Tracy family resides.
Members of the Organisation[edit | edit source]
International Rescue Field Agents[edit | edit source]
International Rescue also has an extensive network of field agents, scattered in locations around the world, quietly looking out for the secret organisation's interests; including:
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In I.R. lexicon, "F.A.B." is used as code for understanding an order or message. (It is not, however, a true acronym; in fact, it neither does stand nor has ever really stood for anything!)
- The I.R. logo, that of a "winged helping hand," was designed by Eddie Hunter.