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City’s Community Emergency Response Team Wins Second National Award
Posted Date: 9/23/2013 2:00 PM

City of Newport Beach representatives will be in Washington, D.C., this week to accept two national awards honoring the efforts of the Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) and its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

NBFD Life Safety Specialist Matt Brisbois and CERT Board Member Karen Tringali will attend a special ceremony at the White House on September 24 where Brisbois will be honored as one of only 18 individuals selected this year as “Champions of Change for Community Preparedness and Resilience.”

The White House created the Champions of Change program to recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations that are doing “extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.” Brisbois oversees the City’s CERT Program and has trained and mentored over 1,000 residents, business and community leaders, and educators, resulting in the highest per-capita volunteer-to-resident ratio for CERT programs in all of California.

During their visit to Washington, Brisbois and Tringali will also pick up the Individual and Community Preparedness Award for Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives that the City won in 2012 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“We were truly honored to receive the 2012 FEMA award and were looking forward to this week’s ceremony when Matt and Karen would officially accept the award and bring it back to Newport Beach to share with all of our CERT volunteers,” Fire Chief Scott Poster said. “To have Matt recognized as a Champion of Change for his efforts is a well-deserved commendation for Matt, our program and all of the volunteers.”

“I am so proud of the staff and volunteers that support the CERT program,” Mayor Keith Curry added. “The awards reflect teamwork and dedication and shine a national light on our City’s commitment to emergency preparedness.”

For additional information on the City’s CERT program, please contact Matt Brisbois, CERT program coordinator, at or (949) 795-2633.

The Champions of Change ceremony will be live streamed on the White House website ( at 10:30 a.m. PDT on September 24. The City’s CERT volunteers will gather to watch it live from the Friends Room of the Newport Beach Central Library,1000 Avocado, Newport Beach.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit


Matt Brisbois

Matt Brisbois Named a “Champion of Change” by the White House