Fire Service Accreditation
The Monroe Fire Department has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) during a CFAI Commission meeting in Denver, Colorado. The Monroe Fire Department is one of just under 200 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. (CPSE). Twenty-eight fire/rescue agencies were represented by their Chief, Accreditation Manager, City/Elected Officials and their CFAI Peer Team Leader.
The Monroe Fire Department was represented by Fire Chief Ron Fowler, Division Chief Andrew Ansley / Accreditation Manager and Interim City Manager Greg Demko. During the two day meetings, 13 agencies received their Accredited Agency Status. CFAI Commissioners voted unanimously to approve Monroe Fire’s Accreditation through 2017. Fire/EMS representatives received direct and challenging questions from CFAI Commissioners before a vote was taken. CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies worldwide in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally, and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.
Accreditation is valid for five years. To be recommended for accreditation, a fire department must complete a self-assessment of the department. The assessment encompasses 10 major categories which are further divided into 45 criteria with more than 252 performance indicators, ranging from response time benchmarking, training, resource deployment, public education and more. Of the 252 performance indicators, 86 are considered core competencies. Along with this assessment, the department must also compile a strategic plan and conduct a comprehensive community risk/ hazard assessment.
There are more than 25,000 established and listed fire departments in the US and less than 1 percent of public, non-military fire departments hold the distinction of being accredited. This places the Monroe Fire Department among the top half percent of fire departments that have been able to achieve this accomplishment. This continuous improvement process ensures that residents are receiving accountable, credible, professional fire and emergency services that meet and/or exceed current fire industry standards. Accredited fire departments in NC now include; Asheville, Camp Lejeune, Cary, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Gastonia, Greensboro, High Point, Jacksonville, MCAS Cherry Point, Monroe, Morrisville, Pinehurst, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Statesville, Stony Point, Wilmington and Wilson.
The Monroe Fire Department will go before the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in July 2017 to be evaluated for Re-Accreditation. The department would be one of the first department’s in North Carolina to be Re-Accreditation under the 9th Edition of the Fire & Emergency Services Self-Assessment and the 6th Edition of the Community Risk Assessment: Standards of Cover.