Newport Beach Fire Department takes applications for emergency response classes

The Newport Beach, California-based Newport Beach Fire Department announced on Thursday that it is accepting applications for its spring round of community emergency response team classes.

CERT classes teach first responders and other attendees how to respond to disasters, suppress fires, be aware of terrorism and conduct search and rescue operations. The Newport Beach Fire Department's program received accolades from the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, reports.

"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," Matt Brisbois, a safety specialist with the department, said, according to

The fire department will offer three CERT classes between March 11 and April 5. The classes have sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, during the day on Thursdays or all-day on Saturdays.

Orange County, Calif., residents interested in attending the classes should fill out an application form and mail the application to the address listed on the official city of Newport Beach website. CERT classes are open to all residents of Orange County, but individuals who do not live in Newport Beach must pay $40.

The Newport Beach Fire Department protects life, property and the environment in the community and includes 150 full-time employees and 200 seasonal employees.