Matt Brisbois, the department's life safety specialist, and Karen Tringali, a member of the CERT Volunteer Board of Directors, will attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C. to receive the Champions of Change award.In a released statement, CERT officials called the White House award an "amazing honor."
“This prestigious recognition by the White House of our city’s CERT Program and its volunteers is an amazing honor and would not have been possible without our program’s leadership, city support and most importantly the commitment and passion that inspire our volunteers to take action," the statement stated. "Our volunteers tirelessly promote preparedness and safety practices in their homes, within their neighborhoods and throughout the city at large."
Newport Beach's CERT team has more than 1,000 volunteers. The program was created to help residents be prepared to respond during an emergency or disaster situation. The program focuses on recruiting new volunteers, education and advanced training in areas including CPR/First Aid, survival training, HAM Radio Communications and more.
The Newport Beach Fire Department is hosting a live streaming event of the White House Champions of Change Ceremony Tuesday morning in the Friends Room of the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the live stream from the White House is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.
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