Most Useful Skills in a Zombie Apocalypse

Most Useful Skills in a Zombie Apocalypse

Most Useful Skills in a Zombie Apocalypse

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Popular TV shows and movies like The Walking Dead and World War Z are simply the stuff of fiction, right? Probably…well, maybe. The recent Ebola breakout in Western Africa has generated stories of “zombies” lurching back to life after being left for dead. A newspaper in the UK also reported on a zombie outbreak.

So just in case civilization collapses tomorrow, remember these zombie apocalypse survival skills.

Always remember the six F’s: Fight, Flee, Fire, Food, First Aid and Fix & Repair.


Battling the bad guys is essential for survival. In order to live another day, remember to:

  • Improve your marksmanship. Headshots take down zombies. In the zombie apocalypse, sharpshooters are better suited for survival.
  • Conserve ammo. Your bullets are limited. Each shot is precious, so make ‘em count.
  • Establish a safe zone. Classic example: the shopping mall in Dawn of the Dead. Finding refuge is absolutely critical – and your safe zone is an ideal place to fight off the undead hordes.


  • Have a boat. Zombies can’t swim, so you can always row away from trouble.
  • Go up. Stay up in the treetops or on top of buildings at night, if the weather permits. Zombies have trouble climbing.
  • Your car is also a weapon. During your escape, take out a zombie or two with your car. Use your car’s front corner bumpers to do the trick. NEVER try to run over 3 or more zombies. The undead can get stuck in wheel wells – and that’s usually the recipe for disaster.


Civilization is over, and with it reliable electricity. With fire, you can stay warm and cook food – essential tools for survival Keep matches and lighters on hand. When you’re out in the wilderness, look for dry sticks to start your fire. Absent any conventional fuel sources, magnifying glasses and friction will work.

Other cool ways to get a fire going:

  • 9-volt battery and steel wool – simply rub the battery ends on a fist-sized piece of steel wool
  • Bubble gum wrapper and AAA battery – cut a small strip of the wrapper and place one end on the positive terminal, one end on the negative terminal. Act quickly, as the fire doesn’t last long.
  • Flashlight reflector – if you don’t have a magnifying glass around, use this item in the same manner. Make sure you try it on a bright, sunny day and direct the light toward a dry stack of kindling wood.


The zombies are trying to eat you, but remember…you also have to eat. Keep these items on hand:

  • Canned goods. Nonperishable veggies, protein (sardines, salted beef), SPAM and perfect for the zombie apocalypse.
  • Water. For each person in your party, try to have one gallon per person, per day.
  • Nuts, seeds, berries. Lean to forage for these nutrients. But beware those remote wilderness areas – you’d be surprised by how many zombies end up in the woods!
  • Improvise a small game trip or snare. A hand-made trap is surprisingly effective for catching rabbit, squirrel and other small game. Sure, a shotgun works – but it also might attract zombies.
  • Preserve your food. One helpful trick is to use two clay pots, one larger than the other. Place the smaller one inside, and fill the gap between the pots with sand. Add water twice a day to the sand. As the sand evaporates in hot temperatures, the smaller pot remains several degrees cooler, thanks to natural heat transfer to the larger pot.
  • Build a fish trap. Fasten two wire mesh wastebaskets together into a large cylinder. On each open end, use some chicken wire to create conical ends tapering toward the middle of the cylinder. Once fish swim into the conical ends and into the main compartment, they can’t escape. For fish trap bait, try a can of pet food with holes punched through the top. Roadkill also works.
  • Foods that Last Forever. Salt, honey, rice, dried beans, vinegar, ramen noodles, hardtack, powdered milk, peanut butter, Twinkies

Fix & Repair

Your ability to think on the fly and improvise in the face of hardship is perhaps the most important skill in a zombie outbreak. With limited resources, you must be able to optimize tools & transportation. If your automobile is out of commission, your chances of survival are severely limited.

  • Find a reliable fuel source. Abandoned gas stations and fuel depots are more valuable than gold. To stay miles ahead of those flesh-eaters, you’ll need plenty of gas.
  • Keep extra radiator hoses and coolant. An overheated engine could spell doom, so learn how to replace a radiator hose and maintain your coolant fluid.
  • Learn to fix a tire, fast. The zombie apocalypse isn’t concerned about maintained roads. You’ll have to drive over tough terrain, and may puncture a tire. Practice your tire-changing skills so you can fix one tire in less than two minutes.
  • Be prepared for repairs and rescue efforts on the road – stock your car with extra supplies. Handy items include paper maps, flashlights, jumper cables, a fire extinguisher, flares, hats & gloves, small snacks and small, handheld weapons.

First Aid

Helping a wounded person means one less zombie you may have to fight later. So it helps to learn first aid. Basic Life Support (BLS), Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and general First Aid are three things every non-zombie should master. Word of caution, though: never perform CPR on a zombie, even if you have a CPR mask or one-way valve!

Keep a first aid kit, warm blankets and extra water in your car, if you’re lucky enough to have an automobile in the zombie apocalypse.

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Extended Resuscitation: Rescue Efforts Show Promise, Even After 25-Minute Mark

Extended Resuscitation: Rescue Efforts Show Promise, Even After 25-Minute Mark

Extended Resuscitation: Rescue Efforts Show Promise, Even After 25-Minute Mark

While it’s commonly thought that CPR and other life-saving rescue efforts offer diminishing returns after a few minutes, recent data suggests that persistence can pay off.


A recent case in North Carolina showed that there is indeed promise for continuing rescue efforts for victims of cardiac arrest 25 to 30 minutes beyond initial response.


The Wake County EMS System (WCEMSS) studied a recent resuscitation, where a man had been unresponsive for a half-hour after vomiting his sports drink. Through a combination of an automated external defibrillator (AED), an impedance threshold device (ITD) and CPR rescue breathing and chest compressions, first responders have been able to maintain something called neurologically intact survival (NIS), which ultimately determines a victim’s chance or returning to a normal lifestyle after sudden cardiac arrest and prolonged rescue efforts.


The key point in the WCEMSS data concluded that there are no reasons to stop procedures like CPR, ITD or AED. In fact, an amazing case surfaced that documented NIS survival at the 73-minute mark – well beyond the previous 25 minutes safety experts recommended. Read More »

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When the Rescuer Needs Rescued: Introducing Firefighter-Down CPR

In to the fire, a Firefighter searches for possible survivors

All rescue efforts involving CPR always focus on innocent bystanders, victims of sudden cardiac arrest and other unfortunate victims. And while these efforts are noble in their own pursuits, there is one person who is usually ignored when CPR training is discussed: the first responders.


While relatively rare, there are cases where CPR is required for emergency response personnel. The good news: should the unthinkable happen, there are qualified people on hand to offer assistance. The bad news: for a certain type of first responder – the firefighter – equipment and other logistical concerns make it tough to administer CPR, even for well-trained responders.

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Heroic CPR Story Emerges from TransAsia Flight Disaster

When TransAsia Flight GE235 crashed earlier last month in Taiwan, the horrifying images from the disaster were all over the news. The accident claimed 43 lives, with 15 lucky survivors.


One of the hopeful and inspiring stories that have emerged from the tragedy involves a father who saved his baby son with CPR.


The man, Lin Mingwei, was travelling with his wife and son when the plane plunged into the Keelung River. As fate would have it, Mr. Lin changed seats with his wife, Jiang Yuying, just before takeoff. His new seat had him positioned to the right side of the ATR-72 turboprop.


That move alone helped safe the family, because the plane’s left side took the brunt of the impact. And even though they survived, Mr. Lin was injured upon impact. His quick wits helped save his son.


Mr. Lin recounted his first thought when the plane crashed: “I cannot lose my son.” He immediately dove into the cold and murky river, searching for 3 minutes looking for his son. After what seemed like an eternity, Mr. Lin located him. His son had no heartbeat, so Mr. Lin immediately began CPR.


 Heroic CPR Story Emerges from TransAsia Flight Disaster

Heroic CPR Story Emerges from TransAsia Flight Disaster

Despite no formal CPR training, Mr. Lin told his brother he just performed it “instinctively.” Whatever he did, it worked. His son is reportedly doing well, and Mr. Lin’s wife is being treated for multiple fractures. All 3 family members are expected to fully recover from their injuries.


The story of Mr. Lin and his family is one of the few positive “silver linings” to come out of the crash – all thanks to the hastily-conceived CPR efforts of a brave man.


Most CPR rescue efforts aren’t as dramatic as the GE325 crash. Often times, people suffer from cardiac arrest in public places or at home. Having proper training in emergency response can mean the difference between life and death. To ensure you’re ready in the event of an emergency, you’ll want to get the best training possible. SureFire CPR, SoCal’s leading training company, offers a wealth of basic and specialized CPR classes, including BLS (basic life support),  PALS (pediatric advanced life support) and NRP (neonate resuscitation program).


Get started today – our staff offers training at our 3 office locations (Corona, Orange and Laguna Hills), or we can conduct CPR training at your facility. To speak with a CPR specialist now, call (888) 277-3143. You can also visit the SureFire CPR contact page. We look forward to serving you today.

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Top 6 Medical Schools & Hospitals for Corona

BLS Classes in Corona – The First Step toward a Dream Medical Care Career

Corona’s advantageous location in Southern California makes it ideal for medical professionals, nurses, EMT technicians and other healthcare professionals. Firmly entrenched in the Inland Empire yet only a short drive from Los Angeles, the city offers outstanding regional medical facilities.


Top 6 Medical Schools & Hospitals for Corona

Top 6 Medical Schools & Hospitals for Corona

Because of Corona’s unique geographical setting (on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles metro area and in the western Inland Empire), aspiring and established healthcare workers enjoy relatively easy commutes to some of California’s premier medical schools, hospitals and healthcare centers. Plus, Corona is one of the three cities where SureFire CPR is located. Corona’s “crossroads” convenience combined with top-flight emergency care training further enhances the city’s reputation as an established destination for nurses and other medical professionals.

Corona BLS Classes – A Crucial Building Block for Well-Rounded Medical Experts

Similar to PALS,  a Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a worthwhile pursuit in and around Corona. Besides the aforementioned RCH and CRMC, BLS classes can also unlock doors for career-minded medical authorities at esteemed medical facilities such as the Loma Linda University Medical Center, the LA + USC Medical Center (which is the largest healthcare provider in all of Los Angeles County) and even the Keck School of Medicine of USC.


In Los Angeles, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center enjoys a solid reputation as an all-around hospital, complete with a dedicated staff of doctors, nurses, technicians, surgeons and more. C-S is a highly desirable destination for medical professionals, and taking BLS classes in Corona will enhance any prospective employees’ chances of working at this premier care facility.


Preparation for entry into these and other prestigious healthcare centers requires a solid foundation of patient care knowledge. One of the best ways to bolster employment prospects is with resume-enriching BLS classes in Corona at SureFire CPR.

Take a PALS Course in Corona

Many of the top medical schools and hospitals around Corona include world-renowned children’s healthcare services. With PALS (pediatric advanced life support) certification, nurses and other medical specialists stand out among other candidates at places like Riverside Community Hospital and the Corona Regional Medical Center. The CRMC provides world-class care with a hometown touch, and they are always looking for nurses and healthcare professionals with PALS certification – something that’s available right in Corona at SureFire CPR!


Why wait any longer? With plenty of opportunities right next door to Corona, now is the perfect time to schedule your BLS or PALS certification classes. SureFire CPR offers informative classes, flexible scheduling and a pool of professional teachers. Contact us today and get started. You can also call us at (888) 277-3143.


Thank you for considering SureFire CPR as your choice for BLS & PALS certification in Corona. Whether you’re a returning customer or first-time visitor to our website, we’re ready to help today.

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EMT Exercises That Will Help You


EMT Exercises That Will Help You

A strong core is essential to correctly perform strength training exercises, as well as your ability to handle the demands of being an EMT without injury. In short, without a strong core, even the strongest arms and legs won’t be very effective in performing daily tasks as an EMT. Here are a few drills to incorporate into your workout, but if you’re not eating right these exercises are only half the battle!



The plank works your entire core and upper- and lower-body muscles. Lie down on your stomach. Lift your body off the floor with your forearms (elbows at 90°degrees) and your toes. Keep your body in a straight position (without arching your back) and hold for 30 seconds to one minute. Lift one foot in the air for added difficulty.


Twisted Crunch

Man on Abdominals workout posture

This is one of the most effective crunch workouts, as it hits all of your stomach muscle fibers at once. Assume a standard crunch position, raise your torso to a 45°angle, and then twist from side to side. For an advanced movement, extend your legs and pretend to peddle a bicycle while you continue to twist.



Lie on ground and start in hollow body position. With legs straight and together, bring them up and towards your torso; while raising your legs, reach for the toes with your hands. Finish in a pike position with your hands and feet meeting at hip level, then return to hollow body position.


These three exercises are great to add to your regular routine of push-ups, pull-ups because while they provide a break from your normal regimen—they also help you perform better in other areas of your workout as well.


The key to continual and lasting results are a healthy diet and a creative approach to working out, adding and changing the way you lift will allow you to avoid plateauing. If you’re looking for more workouts directly tailored the demands of being an EMT, sites like Breaking Muscle and Fire Recruit are great sources for fresh takes on your workout!

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New CPR Phone App Can Save Lives

New CPR Phone App Can Save Lives

New CPR Phone App Can Save Lives

Los Angeles and San Diego Counties have recently adopted a smartphone app with the ability to crowdsource trained CPR citizens from the surrounding area. Known as PulsePoint, the app was developed by Physio-Control, a company that produces automated external defibrillators (AED).

The app works in a similar fashion to the countless social apps on the iPhone and Android markets, by using GPS to match those in need of lifesaving care with the people who have been trained to save them. The true utility in PulsePoint comes from the app’s ability to significantly decrease initial response times to potentially fatal accidents. Though response times often average around 5 minutes, the first 3 are the most critical. PulsePoint is aimed at those who have been trained in CPR With the aid of a smartphone’s wireless connection, those with the app are alerted when someone is in need of possible lifesaving attention.  Another feature included in the app is its ability to direct responders to the location of the nearest AED, if compression CPR isn’t yielding results.

Though PulsePoint has seen tremendous downloads, with over 13,000 to date, there are millions in Los Angeles and San Diego counties who might benefit from this app.  The app, developed by Richard Price, a retired firefighter and founder of PulsePoint, was first adopted by San Jose in 2012. PulsePoint is a tremendous technology and with local governments in Arkansas and South Carolina adding PulsePoint to their lifesaving arsenal, PulsePoint is certainly gaining traction throughout the country. Read More »

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A Handful of Heroic CPR Stories

Every day in the United States and around the world, there are many victims of cardiac arrest, shock and other emergencies that require CPR. Unfortunately, not every instance is lucky enough to have somebody nearby with CPR training.

But amazing CPR situations happen on a daily basis. Here are 5 recent stories that show how preparation, calmness under fire and a willingness to help results in saved lives.

A Handful of Heroic CPR Stories

A Handful of Heroic CPR Stories

  • In South Brunswick, NJ, a 61-year old man was saved by his wife and police officers. Robert Woods had trouble breathing, so his wife called 911. She immediately started chest compressions. Shortly after, police officers arrived with a first aid bag, oxygen and a portable defibrillator. Thanks to the quick & decisive action, Woods continues to recover at home.
  • A Missouri teen used quick-thinking CPR skills to save a baby at a Walmart store. Abby Snodgrass heard a situation developing aisles away and rushed to help. She found an 11-month old baby that had stopped breathing. Snodgrass, who had recently taken a CPR course at her high school health class, fearlessly performed CPR, despite doubts about the effort. “The one thought that crossed my mind was, ‘What if this doesn’t work?’ And I just had to push it out of my mind and keep going because I knew that’s what I had to do,” Snodgrass said. The baby is now home, happier & healthier than ever.
  • An alert Oregonian helped save the life of a woman involved in a car crash on I-84. Ray Hasbell, who is certified in CPR, saw a crashed car in the westbound lane of I-84. He called 911, then pulled next to the wreck. One woman had collapsed after a fiery explosion. Two other bystanders carried the woman off the road and asked Hasbell if he knew CPR. The woman is now doing fine. Hasbell’s takeaway from his life-saving exploits? “You never think you’ll use CPR,” he said. “But in the heat of the moment it comes in handy.”
  • Yes, even man’s best friends can be saved by CPR. A recent trailer fire in Pueblo nearly took the life of two dogs, but emergency responders were able to save the day. After a tense SWAT standoff, police used a flash-bang device to disable the suspect. Once authorities went inside, they found three dogs inside – and none were breathing. Pueblo Fire members performed CPR and oxygen administration. Two dogs survived.
  • A Rochester, NY-area teenager was recently saved in school with CPR. A Greece Central student collapsed in gym class but received CPR and is now doing OK. School officials credit recent policy changes. All New York high schools are now required to have CPR training in case of emergencies. Greece Central School District has implemented the Heart Safe School Accreditation, which aims to train 6,000 students in hands-only CPR. Here’s a case of “legislated heroism.”

Stories like these only happen if people are properly trained in CPR. If you’d like to receive training from SureFire CPR, just call (888) 277-3143 to speak with our CPR specialists. You can also visit our contact page.


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SureFire CPR Made Top Workplaces 2014

Surefire CPR Orange County Register Top Workplace 2014

“A company is only as good as its employees.” SureFire CPR is proud to have a dedicated and professional staff. Our workers comprise an accomplished group from varied fields and endeavors, including firefighters, EMT technicians, lifeguards, nurses, healthcare professionals and more.

Over the years, we’ve rewarded our staff with plenty of on-the-job perks and have also fostered an environment that is attentive to employee needs.


SureFire CPR has always been regarded as a great place to work, and this sentiment has just been recognized by the OC Register.


In that publication’s recent list of Orange County’s Top Workplaces of 2014, SureFire CPR came in second place for the Small Business category. This prestigious honor is the result of our proactive, employee-centered culture.


Considering Orange County’s vibrant corporate business setting, a #2 ranking is no small feat – and it’s something we’re immensely proud of. But most of all, we’re grateful for our employees, and appreciative that SureFire CPR trainers, administrators and other personnel have put our company on the “Best Workplaces” map.


The OC Register’s rankings were divided up into 3 categories (Large, Midsize and Small) and included companies like Vans, First
American Financial Corp., Zillow, Inc., Zumasys, Inc. and QuestSoft.


In the Small Business category, SureFire CPR came in just behind Pacific Hospitalist Associates and ahead of Mattson Resources.


If you’re interested in learning more about our company, or would like to explore career opportunities with SureFire CPR, please call (888) 277-3143, or visit the SureFire CPR contact page. We’re always looking for experienced staff to join our ranks.


Thanks for checking out our blog. And to our world-class employees, thanks again for recognizing SureFire CPR as one of Orange County’s Top Workplaces 2014!


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Is Hands-Only CPR Effective?

Is Hands-Only CPR Effective?

Is Hands-Only CPR Effective?

One debate that never seems to go away with CPR is the hands-only method. Some medical professionals think CPR with breathing works better, while others prefer the hands-only option. Both can certainly help, but the big question remains: is hands-only CPR a legitimate method in the event of an emergency?


Obviously, CPR with artificial respiration is preferable for victims of cardiac arrest. The combination of chest compressions and rescue breaths has been shown to give patients a better chance of survival.


Unless someone is properly trained in CPR with airway management, the next-best option is hands-only CPR. And according to the American Heart Association (AHA), it can mean the difference between life and death.


Hands-only CPR keeps the victim’s heart and respiratory systems functioning until professional medical help arrive on the scene. What makes the practice effective is that practically anyone can do it (although proper training is certainly recommended).


Even without artificial respiration, the important thing to remember is this: hands-free CPR is still a preferable alternative to no action at all. Hands-free CPR can double a victim’s chance of survival.


The bottom line: CPR even without rescue breathing is effective. Read More »

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