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CPR, first-aid training can grant 'New Life'

For nearly four years, New Life NA has been providing CPR and first-aid training to the community of Prescott. Operated by Dan and Lesa West, who have been providing training in Arizona since 1989, New Life offers community classes as well as onsite training to companies.

Lesa said she and Dan had a business in Phoenix called Heart Savers before selling it and moving to Prescott. The move "was always the dream down the road," Lesa said.

Lesa said the name "New Life" came to them because the couple sold their business and started fresh in Prescott. And, when people perform CPR and use a defibrillator, it gives the recipient a new life.

Lesa said New Life hosts between six to eight community classes a month. She recommends these classes to everyone because, she notes, the response to heart attacks and emergencies needs to be immediate, and action must be taken while waiting for emergency responders.

"Heart attacks happen at home and people need to understand the people we really do CPR to - our family, our friends, people we hang around with," she said. "We need to be doing something quicker because we are a community."

Lesa said one of the biggest misconceptions about CPR is that it completely revives the person rather than just keeping the brain alive. "All you're doing is keeping the body going until that defibrillator shows up," she said.

Another mistaken belief is that defibrillators are complicated. "They're very simple ... if someone is not waking up, not responsive to you, don't be afraid to put the pads on - it's not going hurt them."

Lesa said it's gratifying when New Life gets calls of thanks after someone they've trained has had to do first aid or CPR.

However, Lesa said, most of the people who take the classes are those who have to take it due to work requirements.

"I want people who take the classes to take it because they want to," she said.

New Life NA is located at 1555 West Iron Springs Road, Suite 7. Classes are $25 for basic CPR, $30 for medical-level CPR, $35 for basic CPR and first aid, and $150 for advanced cardiac life support.

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