The Newport Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (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.
CERT Training Eligibility
The Newport Beach Fire Department provides CERT training for Newport Beach residents, schools, and businesses. The classes are taught by Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards. To apply for a CERT program, go the the Newport Beach CERT Better Impact Volunteer Management system, enter your information, sign the liability form and code of conduct, and apply for the CERT program that meets your schedule.
CERT Program Topics
- Application-Better Impact
- 2020 Fall Program Schedule
- 2021 Spring Program Schedules
- Program Introduction Video
- Better Impact Volunteer Management System
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