Basic Life Support (BLS)

If you were to arrive on the scene of a patient facing life-threatening emergencies, you would use Basic Life Support (BLS) skills. BLS is designed to train healthcare professionals in life-saving skills that can be applied on-site.

What is BLS?

BLS is a type of medical care used by healthcare professionals to treat patients with life-threatening conditions. It is composed of a variety of topics including CPR for adults, children and infants, choking protocols for all ages, AED usage, and breathing barriers.


Why BLS?

Your knowledge of BLS techniques could be the difference between life and death for a patient facing a medical crisis. Basic Life Support is absolutely critical for any medical professional.

How is BLS Done?

First responders utilize BLS methods to keep a patient alive until they arrive at a hospital for further treatment. The goal is to support breathing and circulation through CPR, airway management, and other techniques.

How to Get a BLS Certification?

Getting your BLS certification is easy when you partner with SureFire CPR. You’ll be confident in your skills and ready for an emergency as our team of firefighters, paramedics, nurses and EMTs guide you from our real-life experience. No more boring classes here.

Ready to take a Basic Life Support (BLS) class?

Don’t leave an emergency up to chance.

Whether you prefer hybrid online classes or traditional in-person training, you can get BLS certified in the way that works best for you at SureFire CPR. View our class schedule and sign up today for the time and location that suits your schedule.

Looking for a BLS renewal?

Make sure your hard-earned certification stays valid.

Don’t forget to take a renewal course and keep your BLS certification active. You’ll receive a new certification card valid for 2 years, plus a helpful refresher on all of the essential BLS techniques.

Looking to get certified in BLS?

Individual BLS Class

Individual BLS Class

Get your BLS certification from SureFire CPR. We offer both online and small in-person BLS classes so that you can learn in the way that works best for you.

Group BLS Training

Group BLS Training

Get everyone trained at once and ensure your team works seamlessly together in an emergency.  Simplify your logistics and stay compliant with group BLS training.


I spent 15 years as a firefighter and paramedic, and I know that BLS training saves lives…
When I was out on calls, I saw countless emergency responders utilize the techniques of BLS to save their patients’ lives. BLS is the foundation of emergency response for healthcare providers. There is no substitute for a strong understanding of life-or-death treatments like CPR. BLS classes are absolutely vital for anyone working in, or pursuing, a career in the medical field.

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Basic Life Support (BLS) Blog

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The Ultimate BLS Field Guide

Introduction Proper basic life support (BLS) skills are essential for any responder, often making the difference between


BLS stands for Basic Life Support.

BLS training covers essential emergency response topics like CPR, treatment for choking victims, and AED use. It gives healthcare workers important skills needed in the field to support patients and save lives.

The three elements of BLS are airway management, CPR, and defibrillation.

BLS encompasses different types of life support, including CPR for patients of all ages, treatment of choking victims, and proper AED use.

BLS classes cover all of the information in CPR courses, as well as additional information such as how to use breathing barriers and two-rescuer CPR. BLS is intended for healthcare professionals, while many CPR courses are for civilians.

SureFire CPR’s course covers adult, child, and infant BLS.


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