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CSFD Achieves Accreditation Status From the Commission of Fire Accreditation International


 

CSFD Achieves Accreditation Status From the Commission of Fire Accreditation International

 

Colorado Springs, CO–The Colorado Springs Fire Department began working on attaining accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) approximately two years ago. Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service deliveryby helping fire departments to:

  • Determine community risk and safety needs.
  • Evaluate the performance of the department.
  • Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.

 

As part of the process, CSFD requested "candidate" status from the CFAI on September 28, 2012 after working to prepare the necessary documentation, peoplefrom the CSFD contributed to the work that needed to be accomplished prior to requesting candidate status including civilian and sworn staff from all areas of the department.

The CFAI assigned a peer assessment team on November 1, 2012. After reviewing the SOC and SAM, the peer assessment team leader approved the documents on December 10, 2012 and scheduled a site visit for the peer assessment team. The site visit was conducted January 6-11, 2013 and was led by the peer assessment team leader, Fire Chief Gary Curmode of Sedgwick County Fire Department, Kansas. At the end of the site visit Chief Curmode stated that the peer assessment team would recommend "accredited agency status" to the CFAI.

 

On March 4, CSFD Fire Chief Rich Brown, Deputy Chief Steve Dubay, CSFD's Accreditation Manager Candy Fontecchio and Cassie Beckey, appeared before the CFAI commission to present the final accreditation report. The CFAI commission voted to approve CSFD for accreditation from 2013 through 2017. 

 

Colorado Springs, CO –The Colorado Springs Fire Department began working on attaining accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) approximately two years ago. Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service deliveryby helping fire departments to:

  • Determine community risk and safety needs.
  • Evaluate the performance of the department.
  • Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.

As part of the process, CSFD requested "candidate" status from the CFAI on September 28, 2012 after working to prepare the necessary documentation, peoplefrom the CSFD contributed to the work that needed to be accomplished prior to requesting candidate status including civilian and sworn staff from all areas of the department.

The CFAI assigned a peer assessment team on November 1, 2012. After reviewing the SOC and SAM, the peer assessment team leader approved the documents on December 10, 2012 and scheduled a site visit for the peer assessment team. The site visit was conducted January 6-11, 2013 and was led by the peer assessment team leader, Fire Chief Gary Curmode of Sedgwick County Fire Department, Kansas. At the end of the site visit Chief Curmode stated that the peer assessment team would recommend "accredited agency status" to the CFAI.

On March 4, CSFD Fire Chief Rich Brown, Deputy Chief Steve Dubay, CSFD's Accreditation Manager Candy Fontecchio and Cassie Beckey, appeared before the CFAI commission to present the final accreditation report. The CFAI commission voted to approve CSFD for accreditation from 2013 through 2017.