February 13, 2014
The Newport Beach Fire Department is taking applications for its spring round of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes, which start in March. CERT classes teach attendees how to respond to disasters, covering topics such as fire suppression, terrorism awareness, and search and rescue. "For residents that are interested in learning how to take care of themselves and to help their neighbors following an unexpected disaster, the CERT program is for them," said Matt Brisbois, a safety specialist with the department.
January 21, 2011
If disaster strikes Orange County, these folks are some of those you'd want to have around. Newport Beach Fire Department officials recognized some of 2010's standout Community Emergency Response Team volunteers and trainers Friday night during their annual awards banquet at the Newport Coast Community Center. Honored with awards were David Brandmeyer as Newport Beach's CERT Volunteer of the Year, and Lifeguard Capt. Mike Halphide as the Kevin Pryor Memorial CERT Instructor of the Year.
September 7, 2010
A natural disaster can happen without warning. Newport Beach is no exception. But what's scarier than fires, earthquakes or a tsunami is that too many people don't realize they're unprepared for such an event until it's too late. To help residents get a handle on the myriad of things that can go wrong in a natural disaster — and how to deal with those problems efficiently to keep your family and neighbors safe — is the second annual Disaster Preparedness Expo on Sept.
February 18, 2010
The Newport Beach Fire Department is accepting registrants to its next Community Emergency Response Team class, starting next week. The classes start Tuesday and are Tuesday and Thursday until March 27, when there’s a final graduation ceremony and drill. Classes start at 7 p.m. and last more than two hours. CERT classes teach the public how to better prepare for natural or man-made emergencies. Class participants will be trained on basic first-aid techniques, search and rescue skills, and how to make larger-scale plans for neighborhoods.
January 25, 2010
The Newport Beach Fire Department recognized the efforts of its Community Emergency Response Team on Friday night at an awards banquet at the Newport Coast Community Center. Newport Beach volunteer Kate Mulvehill was recognized for using the Heimlich Maneuver to rescue her father from choking on a piece of steak in December. Mulvehill credited her Community Emergency Response Team training with helping her to save her father’s life. Karen Tringali was named volunteer of the year; Fire Captain Rob Beuch received the Kevin Pryor Memorial CERT Instructor of the Year, and Nancy Moran-Sanchez received the Spirit of CERT award.
January 12, 2009
Costa Mesa officials are accepting applications for this weekend?s Community Emergency Response Team classes. Friday through Sunday, Costa Mesa firefighters will teach the basics of how to respond during an emergency. Students will learn the fundamentals of putting out a fire, emergency first aid, operating an emergency radio, light search and rescue, and how to get your neighborhood prepared. Unlike most CERT courses, classes this weekend will be open to kids as young as 12 if older family members participate too, officials said.
November 21, 2008
Dozens of Newport-Mesa Community Emergency Response Team members worked their last shift with the Freeway Complex fire Friday, after hundreds of hours of helping inferno victims. While many firefighters returned home earlier this week, the Community Emergency Response Team members, who are volunteers trained to respond to emergencies, have been up in the near Irvine Regional Park since the blaze burned through more than 30,000 acres in four days. Volunteers countywide worked with safety officials on logistical issues and helping families put their lives together, doing simple things like handing out lunches.
September 17, 2008
There are still plenty of spaces available for interested community members looking to be properly trained on how to be prepared for an emergency in Newport Beach, Fire Department officials said. The Fire Department’s 2008 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program series begins at 7 tonight. Classes are free, said Community Preparedness Director Matt Brisbois. Weekday classes run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for 10 weeks. There are all-day Saturday classes starting this weekend.