Pompano Beach Fire Department Awarded International Accredited Status
POMPANO BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT: Pompano Beach Fire Rescue has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. Agencies become accredited after peer review of their accreditation documents, completion of an onsite assessment, and participation in a public hearing before the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Of the 40,000 fire agencies in the United States, Pompano Beach Fire Rescue is one of 77 agencies that have both a CFAI Accreditation and an ISO Class 1 Rating. Accreditation is valid for five years.
“I am extremely proud that [the Pompano Beach Fire Department] has become one of only 266 fire departments in the world to be accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence,” said Mayor Rex Hardin. Becoming an Accredited Agency proves our commitment to implementing long-term strategic planning, applying new technologies to reduce response times and fully aligning all aspects of the organization with national standards and best practices. Ultimately, achieving fire service excellence is a benefit to our residents.” CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world 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. Fire Chief John Jurgle stated that the agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency status “demonstrates the commitment of the agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community.” Chief Jurgle also said, “We have also been able to use the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s process as a proactive mechanism to plan for the future of this agency and locate areas where we can improve on the quality of the services we provided.”
This story was prepared by our Pompano Beach news desk with info provided by the city of Pompano Beach.