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Posted on: May 15, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Accreditation Recommendation

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Pueblo Fire Chief Christopher P. Riley is proud to announce that the City of Pueblo Fire Department has been recommended for re-accreditation with the CFAI (Commission on Fire Accreditation International).

A CFAI site assessment team spent the week of May 6-10 in Pueblo. Every aspect of the Department, including response times, coverage, training, finance, and fire prevention and investigations, were reviewed in-depth to ascertain the effectiveness of operations. At the culmination of the week of intense scrutiny, Chief Riley and the Accreditation Team were notified that the Pueblo Fire Department has earned a recommend for reaccreditation status to the Commission, part of the Center for Public Service Excellence (CPSE).
“We received our initial accreditation status in 2008. Each year since we have achieved approval during our Annual Compliance Report,” stated Chief Riley. “Every five years, our department must go through an intense reaccreditation process. We once again proved to the CFAI team that we remain a world-class fire department. This validates our commitment to public service excellence!”

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

The CFAI accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services.
The City of Pueblo Fire Department is one of only 161 fire departments internationally, and 7 in Colorado to have achieved this status.

Pueblo will receive the accreditation award at the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue International conference in Chicago in August.

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