Gainesville Fire Rescue is Awarded International Accredited Status

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The Gainesville Fire Rescue Department is proud to announce it 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. Gainesville Fire Chief Gene Prince and Assistant City Manager Paul Folkers appeared before the Commission Tuesday, March 11. GFR is one of fewer than 200 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE), joining other accredited Florida fire rescue departments from the Villages, Bradenton, Clearwater, Coral Gables, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Maitland, Winter Park, Orlando, Orange County, Broward County, Miami-Dade, Miami Beach, MacDill AFB, Largo, Key Biscayne, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Harbor and Temple Terrace.

The effort to achieve accreditation began in October 2011 and involved members at all levels of the organization, as well as support from partner agencies Alachua County Fire Rescue and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Combined Communications Center, to complete the self-assessment of more than 250 performance indicators, a community risk assessment, a standards of cover and an update of the agency’s strategic plan. The GFR Standards of Cover and Strategic Plan is available on the agency’s website at Chief Prince stated that GFR’s achievement of Accredited Agency status “demonstrates the commitment of the City of Gainesville and the members of Gainesville Fire Rescue to provide the highest quality of service to our community.”

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.