Survivor Stories

Learn how CPR is saving lives in Anchorage.

Our Mission

Anchorage Survivors exists to improve the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest patients in Anchorage.

In order to achieve this mission, Anchorage Firefighters, cardiac arrest survivors, and the public must work together in a collaborated effort.  By spreading awareness, sharing the stories of cardiac arrest survivors, and educating the public on the importance of early 911 notification and “hands-only CPR, together we can achieve the goal of increased survival of sudden cardiac arrest in our community.

Did you know?


The survivability rate of sudden cardiac arrest in Anchorage is over double the national average.


This is due in part to early notification by the public.  Saving a life begins with the bystander (that’s you!), progressing through AFD Dispatch to first responders and AFD EMS, continuing to definitive care at local hospitals such as treatment in the cardiac catheterization lab.

About the Sponsors of this Campaign


The Anchorage Firefighters Union and the Anchorage Fire Department are committed to improving the outcome of sudden cardiac arrest patients in our community, but high quality pre-hospital EMS care is only one part of the solution.  Together we strive to educate the community on the critical importance of early 911 notification and bystander CPR; and how these simple actions by members of the public can truly save lives in our community.


Learn CPR


Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should!

Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

Don’t be afraid; your actions can only help.

If you see an unresponsive adult who is not breathing or not breathing normally, call 911 and push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

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