As part of our focus efforts for excellence and continuous improvement, we are committed to the Fire Accreditation process and assessment from the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Accreditation provides us a framework that guides us through self-assessment, improvement plans and strategic goal setting. The process establishes independent and unbiased validation of our organization’s programs and processes. All aspects of our department are assessed and evaluated to ensure we are meeting or exceeding international guidelines and standards for the services we provide. Being an accredited agency creates a powerful and important message of value to the communities we serve and the elected officials that govern us. It is not an easy accomplishment for a department to achieve….there are only 266 accredited agencies! Only four in the state of Washington.
Puget Sound Fire went through a rigorous site visit and assessment by our assigned team back in May. This is part of the every five year accreditation cycle we have been part of since 2004 with our current accreditation expiring the end of 2019. After a week of interviews and assessment by a team of trained assessors, we were recommended for accredited status 2019—2024!! We are truly humbled by this decision and appreciate the assessment team for their willingness to spend their valuable time helping us be better.
On August 6th, we traveled to the FRI Conference in Atlanta, GA to attend a CFAI Commissioners hearing and finalize our accredited status for the next five years! This achievement is a team effort with so many people collaborating and working hard to make it happen. Accreditation is a symbol of our commitment and shared values dedicated to taking care of people. We will continue to set the example for the fire service in Washington and the nation.
Take care and stay safe,
Fire Chief Matt Morris