Rescuer MBS - Know your limits. Improve your performance.

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

Podcast - S1E08 - Tool Talk with Mitch Welch
Mar 27 • 51 min
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…
Podcast - S1E07 - Laura McGladrey interview with Richard Goerling of the Mindful Badge Initiative
Mar 25 • 35 min
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.…
Podcast - S1E06 - Love in the Time of Cholera - First Responder Stress and Resilience for COVID-19
Mar 22 • 45 min
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…
- S1E05 - Laura McGladrey Interview with Philip Johnson
Dec 29, 2019 • 28 min
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…
- S1E04 - Psychological First Aid - with Marcel Rodriguez
Dec 13, 2019 • 26 min
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…
- S1E03 - Laura McGladrey Interview with Tod Schimelpfenig
Nov 8, 2019 • 36 min
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…
- S1E02 - Marcel Rodriguez Interview with Peter Frick-Wright
Oct 6, 2019 • 48 min
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…
- S1E01 - Inaugural Episode
Aug 26, 2019 • 34 min
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…