may, 2019

15may10:00 am11:45 amControlling Chaos10:00 am - 11:45 am Session Type:ClassroomTime Slot:10:00AM - 11:45AM


Class Details

Stress-induced tachycardia and exertion-induced tachycardia affect the body in different ways. Stress-induced tachycardia causes a narrowing field of vision, auditory exclusion, loss of fine motor skills and the inability to make a clear decision or have cognitive thought. Exertion-induced tachycardia simply raises the heart rate. A firefighter experiences an extreme amount of stress-induced tachycardia during their time of service. Past practices sometimes involve complex escape methods, elaborate mayday procedures, and training that is unrealistic causing a false sense of security. This has been recognized and studied in depth by many people. Today we will expand on and bridge the gap between science and the fire service. We will cover methods and practices used to help reverse or slow the effects of stress on the fire ground. This is accomplished through breathing techniques, meditation methods, simplifying practices, and repetition.


(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 11:45 am

Speakers for this event

  • Joe Yowler

    Joe Yowler

    Captain, Harrisburg Fire Dept. (NC)

    Joe Yowler is a second-generation firefighter and has been in the fire service for 13 years, with the last 11 being spent at Harrisburg (NC) Fire Department. Joe has served through the ranks to Captain and currently is assigned to Engine 3. Joe holds an NC Instructor certification and is qualified in multiple disciplines. He is in his 9th-year co-facilitating the Cabarrus County Firefighter Rookie School. Joe has taught many classes over the years but prefers to teach forcible entry, PPE, and search. Joe is always on the go. Outside of the fire service, Joe enjoys attending motorsports events, spending time with his wife and two daughters (12 & 3), and traveling. Joe created and operates the training group Twisted Fire Industries. Joe also is an adjunct instructor with Magic City Truck Acadamy.

    Captain, Harrisburg Fire Dept. (NC)