A strategic initiative and goal for the Pueblo Fire Department was obtaining accreditation status through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), formerly the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The CPSE program will provide an excellent self-assessment process for the Pueblo Fire Department.
In August 2008, we achieved our goal of distinguished accreditation status through the CPSE. Out of approximately 400 fire departments in Colorado, we are the fourth fire department to have been bestowed this honor. And, of the approximately 30,000 fire departments in the nation, only 160 have reached accreditation status as of January 2013. This includes 8 fire departments in the State of Colorado that have been accredited.
Benefits of an Accreditation Status
Most importantly, being an accredited fire agency enhances our quality improvement processes and provides the highest level of fire and rescue services to the city of Pueblo and the community. Benefits of accreditation and self-assessment include:
Creating a mechanism for developing concurrent documents to include strategic and program action plans
Creating methods or systems for addressing deficiencies while building organizational success
Encouraging professional growth in addition to its personnel involved in the self-assessment process
Encouraging quality improvement through a continuous self-assessment process
Fostering national recognition for the Pueblo Fire Department by its colleagues and the public
Identifying areas of strength and weakness within the department
Improve the quality of life in our community
Promoting excellence within the Fire Department and improving our abilities to recognize and better understand potential risks and hazards
Providing a detailed evaluation of the department, detailing the services it provides to the community
Providing a forum for the communication of organizational priorities