Newport Beach, CA to hold CERT class for residents and neighbors

California's Newport Beach Fire Department recently announced that it will hold Community Emergency Response Team classes for all community members interested in learning emergency response skills.

The CERT program seeks to teach residents emergency response skills so they can be self sufficient when disaster strikes if professional responders cannot respond immediately. CERT program participants will be trained on fire control, light search and rescue, terrorism awareness and disaster preparedness, psychology, organization and medical response.

The Newport Beach Fire Department will hold three CERT classes this spring, including a class beginning March 11, which will be held every Tuesday; a class beginning March 13, which will be held every Thursday; and a class beginning March 15 that will be an all-day course held on Saturdays, Corona Del Mar Today reports.

"The Newport Beach CERT program is a complete, 24-hour certification that teaches residents about disaster preparedness, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, CPR, disaster medical operations and fire suppression," A Newport Beach statement said, according to Corona Del Mar Today. "Upon course completion, all CERT volunteers are certified disaster service workers, ready to help themselves, their neighbors, and their community in times of need. The program is free of charge to Newport Beach residents and $40 for non-residents."

All persons interested in applying can do so through the official Newport Beach website.