The Newport Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, Program is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using CERT training to save lives and protect property.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.
Who is eligible for CERT training?
The Newport Beach Fire Department provides CERT training for Newport Beach residents, schools, and businesses.
The classes are taught by your local Newport Beach Firefighters and Lifeguards
What will you be trained to do:
CERT volunteers are trained to help themselves, their family, and their neighbors following an unexpected disasters by developing a plan, organizing their neighborhoods and taking care of basic medical needs.
Course topics include:
|Introduction to Disaster Preparedness
|Disaster Psychology and Team Organization
|Disaster Medical Operations
|Light Search and Rescue
For more information on the CERT program, please call 949-644-3112 or click here.