After rescuing a group of fishermen and tourists from a huge pier fire, Samantha and L.A. fire chief Captain Huntingdon form a rescue firefighting team of six life guards and firefighters, called the Search and Rescue Unit, for such conditions and Cody, Neely, Jordan, and Newman try out for the unit and meet their firefighting counterparts. Their skills are put to the real test when the new group of Cody, Neely, Catalina lifeguard Rick Jenner, and firemen Jessica, Clay, and Terry are sent on their first mission to rescue two men in a partially submerged basement of a fire-ravaged building. Meanwhile, Cody is asked by C.J. to paint his portrait after seeing some of her other paintings. Elsewhere, Mitch has a hard time explaining (and believing himself) to the rest of the Baywatch team of his increasingly strange PI work at night while he has his hands full in trying to catch a vampire from 'Baywatch Nights'.