Watertown fire captain to discuss safety at survival expo

Jacob Smith • Sep 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Capt. Joe Fischer with the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department has more than 40 years of experience in survival techniques.

As a former member of the U.S. Air Force and the founder of U Survive All, a survival information company that sells survival tools, Fischer will teach people how to be prepared for disaster scenarios.

“We’re going to talk about everything from backups to solar systems and all that type of stuff,” said Fischer. “So you’ll have the whole gambit of on-grid and off-grid-type living.”

Fischer is currently the captain of the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department, but it’s not his first trip into the firefighting world. His first fire department job was in Missouri in 1983.

“I’ve been paid and a volunteer on department there,” said Fischer. “I’m currently with Watertown Department there. I’ve been in the woods and urban survival. I worked rescues with the disaster relief, tornadoes, rescues. We did the only rope rescue that was off a hill in a crevice in Watertown several years ago. So I’ve got quite a bit of rescue experience.”

The event where Fischer will give his presentation is the Lebanon Survival Expo and Gun Show, which will be Saturday and Sunday at the Wilson County Expo Center.

The show’s goal is to teach and prepare people for natural disaster situations where they would have to survive for days, weeks or months without power.

“The first thing we go into is the mental aspect of survival, how important it is to have your mind prepared,” said Fischer. “Your mind is your most valuable asset, and to be able to overcome takes a strong, no-fear attitude. We’ve survived every day of our lives so far. Our comfort level is the only thing that’s different.”

Anyone who wants to hear Fischer, as well as other survival experts, present survival tips may purchase tickets and find more information at rkpeppershows.com.

The event will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free. VIP passes, which allow visitors to skip lines, may also be purchased for $14.50.


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