How To Save A Life

By Kayleigh Thesenvitz
Claremore Daily Progress, Okla.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Two sisters are teaming up to launch a business that focuses on saving lives. “ELS Emergency Life Support Training Center” will have classes for everyone… businesses, teachers, parents, even babysitters.

Claremore Daily Progress, Okla.

Coming soon in Claremore, you can learn how to save a life from two women who have saved many.

LaVina June Martin, a retired EMT and ER tech, and her sister Eva Smith, a retired military medic and trainer, decided to open ELS Emergency Life Support Training Center. ELS stands for Eva and LaVina’s.

Both have maintained their certification to teach and certify others in a variety of life saving techniques.

Currently they can provide Red Cross certification for first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillators (AED) and basic life support (BLS).

The sisters believe there is a significant market for this kind of training in Rogers County.

“We’re not looking to get rich or anything like that,” Smith said. “This is what I did in the military, this is what I enjoyed, and when I talked to my sister she said yes because she enjoyed being an EMT as well.”

While some professions have instructors come to the place of business and teach these skills, the closest commercially available location to receive this kind of training is in Tulsa.

Martin said that these classes are for everybody. Businesses, teachers, parents, babysitters.

“A lot of first time parents want to learn CPR because they have new infants,” Smith said. “We teach them how to dislodge anything that there child might be choking on and give them the steps to follow.”

After they establish themselves, Smith and Martin hope to grow the scope of their business.

“We’re hoping, in time, that we can go out to the schools and just do little action things like teaching a basic choking class or a basic first aid class to children in school, because they need to know that kind of stuff too,” Martin said. She said it was especially true for people in rural areas, who may need to keep someone alive for longer amounts of time until help arrives.

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