Orange County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Mutual Aid Program Wins FEMA Community Preparedness Award
(Pictured left to right: Donna Boston, Orange County Sherriff’s Department; Brenda Emerick, City of Costa Mesa; Brevyn Mettler, City of Huntington Beach; Matt Brisbois, City of Newport Beach)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has selected the Orange County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Mutual Aid Program a 2015 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award for Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives.
Newport Beach was one of nine cities that formed the Orange County CERT Mutual Aid Program (CMAP) in 2005. Today, the CMAP is a collaborative effort among 24 municipal CERT programs to improve CERT volunteer training and response to mutual aid requests. The trainings cover a variety of disaster response topics including, damage assessment, radio communications, triage, the incident command system and more.
The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared, and more resilient. The Fire Department is continuously proud of the CERT program and is especially grateful for the dedication and commitment of the volunteers.
The Newport Beach CERT program was previously recognized by FEMA as a recipient of the 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Award for Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives. Building and preserving a safe and resilient community is the focus of the Fire Department’s Life Safety Services Division.