Hold on to your hat for this episode with Moose! Moose Mutlow is an adventurer, author, educator and rescuer. Since 2002 Moose has been a member and senior trainer of Yosemite Search and Rescue. He is also the Lead Trainer for Family Liaison Officers for the National Park Service.
Moose gives us an uncensored view of what life is like inside the world of search and rescue. As Moose puts it, “In search and rescue you inherit someone else’s crisis, and you must choreograph the response.” Having been on the front line of around 60 deaths in the last 10 years, Moose explains how he must approach his job. “You have to break things down to determine what you can and cannot do.”
As a Family Liaison Officer, Moose is the conduit between family and rescuers gathering information in both directions. He explains that when you are giving bad news, it is never going to come out right. He must be compassionate to those who are grieving and honor the memory of the deceased. There is no roadmap to grief. Crisis scrambles your brain and trauma is the thing that stops you from living your life the way you want it to be.
Warning: this podcast contains graphic discussions on death in the outdoors and direct conversations regarding human recovery operations. Listener discretion is advised.
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