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Rescuer MBS - Know your limits. Improve your performance.

Rescuer MBS - Know your limits. Improve your performance.

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

Rescuer MBS - Know your limits. Improve your performance.

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:
May 27, 2020
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
March 27, 2020
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 ( 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 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.
March 25, 2020
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 To all of our listeners, stay safe. Together, we've got this.
March 22, 2020
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
December 29, 2019
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)
December 14, 2019
Rescuer MBS - S1E03 - Laura McGladrey Interview with Tod Schimelpfenig
Laura McGladrey interviews Tod Schimelpfenig, Curriculum Director for National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine. They discuss Tod's 40+ year career in EMS, Wilderness Medicine, and teaching with NOLS, as well as the changing nature of dealing with stress injuries as responders over that time. They end with an exploration of the inclusion of Psychological First Aid in the curriculum of all NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses. For additional links, announcements and bonus information, check our Facebook page "Rescuer MBS Podcast"
November 8, 2019
Rescuer MBS - S1E02 - Marcel Rodriguez Interview with Peter Frick-Wright
In this episode Marcel interviews author Peter Frick-Wright, contributing editor and host of the Outside Podcast. They discuss an incident they both experienced that Peter details in his podcast Episode 24: He That Is Down Need Fear No Fall. In the discussion, they explore the elements of Psychological First Aid and how Peter was able to apply them to his situation.
October 6, 2019
Rescuer MBS - S1E01 - Inaugural Episode
Note: This is a remaster of the original episode In this episode hosts Laura McGladrey and Marcel Rodriguez kick off the Rescuer MBS Podcast. They discuss the purpose of the podcast, the naming, and some of the background on stress injuries in responder communities.
August 26, 2019