CSFD Achieves Accreditation Status From the
Commission of Fire Accreditation International
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 delivery by 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, people from 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.