Kingsport Fire Department (KFD) to Present and Receive Results of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Review
Chief Craig Dye and Assistant Chief Scott Boyd will be San Antonio, TX to present the Kingsport Fire Department’s submission and receive the results of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) review. The hearings will be broadcast over the internet at http://cpse.distancelearningcenter.com. Chief Dye and Assistant Chief Boyd are scheduled to present for Kingsport on Tuesday, August 16, between 3PM – 4PM. The hearing will culminate a year long process by the Kingsport Fire Department’s Accreditation Team. In 2001, Kingsport Fire Department was one of the first 30 Fire Departments in the world to receive the Commission on Fire Accreditation International designation. In 2006 and 2011 the KFD again received the honor.
The CFAI is part of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).
The mission of the Center for Public Safety Excellence is “To lead the fire and emergency service to excellence through the continuous quality improvement process of accreditation, credentialing, and education.”
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.
CPSE’s Accreditation Program, administered by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) allows fire and emergency service agencies to compare their performance to industry best practices in order to:
- Determine community risk and safety needs and develop community-specific Standards of Cover.
- Evaluate the performance of the department.
- Establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.
Local government executives face increasing pressure to “do more with less” and justify their expenditures by demonstrating a direct link to improved or expanded services. Particularly for emergency services, local officials need criteria to assess professional performance and efficiency. The CFAI accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services.