by R.C. Samo
Throughout history there has been fear of things that go bump in the night, the evils of the occult in dealing with demons, vampires, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. As the fascination of the end of the world continues to trouble the souls of men, one group has put together a true tactical survival guide in living through a Zombie Apocalypse – enter the Department of Zombie Defense (DOZD).
Created by corrections officers Michael Gonzales and Shaun Hayes, with the initial purpose of the DOZD was a charitable organization to help with the Wounded Warriors Project in Tempe, AZ at a paintball obstacle course.
“We don’t want people to feel like they are just buying a shirt, but to be helping a cause. We saw other agencies and decided to do something real, a true tactical defense,” said Gonzales, who works with Phoenix PD volunteers during the Zombie Walks, which last May gathered nearly 4500 participants.
According to Hayes, the DOZD was starting in 2009 with only four guys, now, three years later has reached upwards of 200 members and continues to grow. In 2010, they co-coordinated the Zombie Walk and hosted multiple panels at the Phoenix ComiCon.
What the DOZD does is give real life scenarios and real weapons to use in training. They are to work together in order to reach the ammunition and reload their weapons during the drills, which they refer to as, “haunted house rules.”
“We train with real world applications under the guise of zombie fun,” SA Cameron Beach.
If you are interested in a true survival training course, will all the fun of a horror movie, then visit the DOZD at their official website at… fill this in!
Now, they will be releasing a comic, illustrated by Kip Mussett and written by Shaun Hayes.