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Rescuer MBS is a podcast dedicated to exploring the issue of stress injuries in first responder communities, with an emphasis on wilderness responders. The Podcast is hosted by Laura McGladrey and Marcel Rodriguez of the Responder Alliance.

Why Rescuer MBS? As rescuers/responders, all of our life safety equipment carries an MBS (Minimum Breaking Strength) rating. Knowing the MBS allows us to know the limits of our equipment and allows us to keep safe. Our goal is to help the most important element of a rescue, the rescuer, learn, strengthen and develop their personal MBS.

Rescuer MBS - Know your limits. Improve your performance. Rescuer MBS

    • Mental Health
    • 4.6, 10 Ratings

Rescuer MBS is a podcast dedicated to exploring the issue of stress injuries in first responder communities, with an emphasis on wilderness responders. The Podcast is hosted by Laura McGladrey and Marcel Rodriguez of the Responder Alliance.

Why Rescuer MBS? As rescuers/responders, all of our life safety equipment carries an MBS (Minimum Breaking Strength) rating. Knowing the MBS allows us to know the limits of our equipment and allows us to keep safe. Our goal is to help the most important element of a rescue, the rescuer, learn, strengthen and develop their personal MBS.

    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E09 - Laura McGladrey Interview with David Twillmann

    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E09 - Laura McGladrey Interview with David Twillmann

    In this episode, Laura interviews Emergency Department Nurse and Responder Alliance Ambassador, David Twillmann, in the middle of his deployment to New York City to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak. They discuss psychological first aid in the context of a "marathon" pandemic.

    For show notes and additional materials, visit our web page: https://rescuermbs.com/


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    • 36 min
    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E08 - Tool Talk with Mitch Welch

    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E08 - Tool Talk with Mitch Welch

    In this episode, Marcel and guest Mitch Welch discuss three specific tools that listeners can immediately implement to help them mitigate stress. 

    References:

    Psychology Today Article on 7 proven benefits of gratitude 

    Rich Goerling's Mindful Badge Initiative - Guided Meditations


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    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E07 - Laura McGladrey interview with Richard Goerling of the Mindful Badge Initiative

    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E07 - Laura McGladrey interview with Richard Goerling of the Mindful Badge Initiative

    In this episode Laura talks with Richard Goerling of the Mindful Badge Initiative (www.mindfulbadge.com) about mindfulness meditation and other tools to deal with the current environment. Richard's work focuses on law enforcement and first responders. 

    Mindful Badge is adding additional first responder-specific content to the Mindful Badge  meditations page over the next several weeks to provide   resources during the current pandemic response. All of this content is free and accessible  via mobile device.

     Stay tuned to www.mindfulbadge.com for accessible meditations practices, videos, online Zoom sessions and  information about upcoming trainings. Fall/Winter 3-day residential Resilience Immersion  Trainings in Oregon, California and Arizona are currently scheduled.


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    • 35 min
    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E06 - Love in the Time of Cholera - First Responder Stress and Resilience for COVID-19

    Rescuer MBS Podcast - S1E06 - Love in the Time of Cholera - First Responder Stress and Resilience for COVID-19

    In this episode Marcel and Laura discuss responder stress in the face of COVID-19. They introduce tools for responders and those around them to help mitigate the stress individually, and in their wider communities.

    Do you have an example of a tool that is working in your team or organization? Share it with us on our Facebook Page "Rescuer MBS Podcast", or at rescuermbs@gmail.com.

    To all of our listeners, stay safe. Together, we've got this.


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    • 45 min
    Rescuer MBS - S1E05 - Laura McGladrey Interview with Philip Johnson

    Rescuer MBS - S1E05 - Laura McGladrey Interview with Philip Johnson

    With over 4 million visitors every year, California's Yosemite National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the country. With that popularity comes a large number of missions for the Yosemite Search and Rescue members.

    Laura sat down with Philip Johnson, a Supervisory Law Enforcement Ranger and long-time member of YOSAR to discuss life in the valley, his observations on stress injuries on the team, and some of the things they have been doing to begin to address stress injuries.

    Philip Johnson has performed search and rescue for the NPS since 2002. He is currently a Supervisory Law Enforcement Ranger in the Valley District of Yosemite National Park and a senior member on the Yosemite Helicopter Rescue Team. He has participated in over 300 SAR missions to include over 50 helicopter rescues. He is a two time recipient of the Department of Interior Valor Award. 

    Friends of YOSAR Web Page

    Video of YOSAR Helicopter Rescue Team in action


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    • 28 min
    Rescuer MBS - S1E04 - Psychological First Aid - with Marcel Rodriguez

    Rescuer MBS - S1E04 - Psychological First Aid - with Marcel Rodriguez

    In this episode, Marcel Rodriguez discusses the elements and application of Psychological First Aid (PFA) for rescuers. This episode references materials for listeners that are linked here.

    Harvard Health article referencing gratitude research

    Marcel's PFA Presentation from the 2019 International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS)


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

alma yo ,

Something is missing

I think that is a good idea to help rescuer deal with their PTS, but the podcast needs more stories of actual rescues, it will help people like me that we are not rescuers to understand in detail what you guys are going through. I think that the life of a rescuer is pretty interesting, yeah there is stress involved, but I can also imagine all the triumphs and amazing stories rescuers have witnessed,
How about once a month just interview a rescuer that went through an amazing rescue, or rescued, it will make the podcast more entertaining, and interesting

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