The Real ResQ Podcast
Episode 14 Steph Maier from STARFlight, Travis County, Austin, TX

Episode 14 Steph Maier from STARFlight, Travis County, Austin, TX

May 7, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Steph Maier from Travis County STARFlight, Austin, Texas.  During this conversation, we go from laughing at wild and crazy rescues to a somber retelling of tragedy striking one of their own.  Listen in as Steph and I talk about swift water rescues and flash floods. We get into victims being hoisted to safety with pets in backpacks and being launched to a capsized boat.  This episode reminds us that although many rescues end well and give us the satisfaction of helping others in their time of need, there is a dark side to what we do.  Enjoy!

Episode 13 Pat Barber Hoist Operator

Episode 13 Pat Barber Hoist Operator

May 3, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, seasoned Hoist Operator and one of my respected mentors, Pat Barber joins us to discuss lessons and experiences throughout his USCG career and beyond.  Whether the case was an overturned boat, a delirious and hypothermic patient, or a firefighter in distress. Pat talks about his mindset and processes to analyze how to better assist and prepare for the day the alarm sounds.  Pat and I reminisce and retell the story of being sent out to the disabled cruise liner that made headlines when it was stuck in the Gulf of Mexico.  Listen in to the knowledgeable and eye opening stories told by my friend, Pat Barber. Enjoy!

Episode 12 Mario Vittone USCG RS #368

Episode 12 Mario Vittone USCG RS #368

April 29, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, USCG Rescue Swimmer #368, Mario Vittone recaps a case that was so dramatic, it earned him The Distinguished Flying Cross.  In this energetic and engaging conversation, Mario and I talk about the training and dialogue that goes into search and rescue and how when the alarm goes off, more times than not, nothing goes according to plan.  What do you do when one of the people you're about to hoist is only 4 months old? Listen in to hear the details of this crazy rescue. Enjoy!

Episode 11 Kim Germishuys from South Africa

Episode 11 Kim Germishuys from South Africa

April 25, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Kim Germishuys, a Hoist Operator and Rescue Swimmer from South Africa.  Currently working in Northern Germany, Kim recaps how she got into search and rescue.  She details her impressive road to becoming a rescueman (or rescuewoman) and speaks of the research, training, and tactics learned to get her to where she is today.  In her nearly two decade career, Kim has worked in treacherous ocean currents that have thrown boats into rocks, taken on 8 meter waves in a rigid inflatable boat, learned the value of teamwork and what it feels like to be on the receiving end of static electricity from the helicopter.  This is one badass lady who has many stories to tell and looks forward to the calls that have yet to come. Listen in as Kim recaps some of her gnarliest rescues throughout her career. Enjoy!

Episode 10 Alvin Fyhn and Hans Jonas Engh from Norway and CHC Helicopters

Episode 10 Alvin Fyhn and Hans Jonas Engh from Norway and CHC Helicopters

April 21, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we have the unique opportunity to hear a rescue story that happened only 2 weeks prior to the release of this episode.  Alvin Fyhn and Hans Jonas take us into the action where they and their aircrews saved an entire vessel and every member on board.  We talk about all the different dynamics of this rescue and how each time they went out, there was a different obstacle to overcome.  They talk about procedures that are used normally for mountain rescue and how they implemented them onto the ship in high seas.  They even joke that as each of them were backup for the other, both wanted to get in on the action.  Enjoy!

The ASTerisk with Jason and Melissa Quinn

The ASTerisk with Jason and Melissa Quinn

April 17, 2021

This is The ASTerisk, specifically set up with capital AST designated for Aviation Survival Technician. 

In this episode of the ASTerisk, we take a look to how and why the USCG Rescue Swimmer program began.  We discuss all the training a USCG Rescue Swimmer has to go through, from putting your name on the "A" School list, to attending school, to become a swimmer, to the training thereafter.  We go into a little of my own history and experience in AST "A" School and getting fully qualified as a USCG Rescue Swimmer.  Enjoy!

Episode 9 George Cavallo USCG RS #122

Episode 9 George Cavallo USCG RS #122

April 13, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by George Cavallo, USCG Rescue Swimmer #122. George retells a gnarly rescue mission where an airplane crashed into the water off of California's Mendocino Coast.  Having to deal with natural elements - ocean currents, cold temperatures, a full moon, and ocean animals - mixed with large amounts of jet fuel that he could not evade, this was a difficult and solemn mission.  George talks about the aftermath of the mission and befriending the lone survivor of the crash.  This is one episode that you don't want to miss. Enjoy!

Episode 8 Rob Munday from Blackcomb Helicopters in Canada

Episode 8 Rob Munday from Blackcomb Helicopters in Canada

April 9, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we have Rob Munday, a Helicopter Hoist Operator and Instructor with Blackcomb Helicopters, and Hoist Program Coordinator at SR3 Rescue Concepts - Rob takes us through cliff rescues with less than ideal landing areas, rising waters that trap hikers, and a capsized police boat. Each scenario requires communication and collaboration with several different departments from various first responder programs he’s worked with in Australia, and Canada.  In addition to speaking about rescue missions, Rob highlights his journey on how he got into Search and Rescue with Aviation.  This fascinating conversation will have your attention from start to finish.  Enjoy!

Episode 7 Tony Webber San Diego Sheriff - Aviation Division

Episode 7 Tony Webber San Diego Sheriff - Aviation Division

April 5, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we have the pleasure of speaking with Tony Webber from the San Diego Sheriff's - Aviation Division.  Tony brings the unique perspective to search and rescue as both a pilot and a hoist operator.  Listen as he describes a cliff rescue, a gunman causing havoc opening fire in public, and how the Santa Ana winds can create disastrous wildfires impacting the environment and not only those who live in the area, but those sent out to fight it. 

Episode 6 Steve Hathaway USCG RS #39

Episode 6 Steve Hathaway USCG RS #39

April 1, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ; USCG RS #39 Steve Hathaway talks about the first ever rescue made by a Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer in Sitka, Alaska. He details old school Coast Guard and the hurdles that the first Rescue Swimmers went through to get the program where it is today. The history, knowledge, and experiences that Steve brings to the podcast is fascinating to hear.

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