In an emer­gency, dial 000 for rat­ings

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THERE’S a grow­ing ap­petite for what’s been de­scribed as ‘‘blue-sky TV’’ — shows that are life-af­firm­ing and em­pha­sise the con­nec­tion peo­ple have with their com­mu­nity.

So it’s no sur­prise Chan­nel 7 has a hit on its hands with Triple Zero He­roes, which tells sto­ries about real 000 calls and those in­volved in emer­gen­cies and res­cues.

The episode on March 1 will be a heart-stop­per, fea­tur­ing a re­play of a woman who must be guided through a breech birth on the back seat of a car on the Tul­la­ma­rine free­way.

This fol­lows a re­mark­able event that occurred as a re­sult of a boy who’d watched the first episode of the show on Fe­bru­ary 8.

The show told the story of a three­year-old who’d fallen into a back­yard swim­ming pool. The episode re-en­acted the child’s grand­mother giv­ing him life-sav­ing re­sus­ci­ta­tion.

Three days later, Kris­tian Con­standi­nou, 10, be­came a hero when he used what he learned from He­roes to re­vive his sis­ter Phoebe, 3, who nearly drowned in a back-yard pool.

Kris­tian and his other sis­ters, Zoe, 12, and Eva, 9, were play­ing in the pool when they no­ticed their younger sib­ling ly­ing face down in the wa­ter at their home near Tweed Heads.

The three dragged the tod­dler from the pool and no­ticed she wasn’t breath­ing, which is when Kris­tian be­gan CPR — a skill he learned from watch­ing He­roes.

‘‘I re­ally did think I would lose her, but I re­mem­bered watch­ing them do re­sus­ci­ta­tion on the show and thank­fully it helped her,’’ Kris­tian said.

His sis­ter Zoe added: ‘‘We re­alised she wasn’t mov­ing so we dragged her over to the edge and started pump­ing her chest and giv­ing her mouth-to-mouth.’’

Ja­son Stephens, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment at the show’s pro­duc­tion com­pany, Fre­mantleMe­dia, says there is grow­ing in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est in the He­roes for­mat.

‘‘They love it over­seas,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s such a great con­cept that has been 18 months in the mak­ing — work­ing with pri­vacy laws and get­ting the sign-off from the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s of­fice.

‘‘There are about 1000 of th­ese (triple zero) calls that come in each day in Vic­to­ria alone — po­lice, fire bri­gade and am­bu­lance. About one in five who are ap­proached from the show are happy to be on it. They of­ten want to do it to thank the peo­ple who saved their life.’’

Res­cuers: Eva and Zoe Con­standi­nou helped save their three-year-old sis­ter from drown­ing.

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