Taking Control: Homefront to the Fireground
>> Register Here << First, we will tackle the body. 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. Firefighter experiences an extreme amount of stress-induced tachycardia during their time of service. This will be expanded for both the fireground and the homefront. Second, we will go through some practices both good and bad preparing for the job. 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. We will expand on and bridge the gap between the science and the fire service. We will cover methods and practices used to help reverse or slow the effects of stress on the fireground. This is accomplished through breathing techniques, meditation methods, simplifying practices, and repetition. Our class will focus on how our stressors affect our home life and what we can do to bridge the gap from work stress to homefront stress. Lastly, we will dive into the mind both on the fireground and at home. We will go over techniques and experiences we have found along our way as a fire couple. Some of the topics discussed will include how to keep your family involved, diffusing and balancing work vs life, and reducing stress at home during shift days. For years we have heard the sayings such as "Don’t take work home with you.”, and "Keep work at work and home at home." We are here to break that old tale and show you how to balance your mind with work and home. Mental health is a priority and one we hold very close to our hearts. This lecture is a journey that we will take attendees on that is full of trials and tribulations in both the fire service career and our homefront experience.