By unanimous vote of approval by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), the Roseville Fire Department has achieved Reaccredited Agency Status, allowing the Department to retain an important status which is recognized as a worldwide measure of excellence in the Fire Service.
The vote came after a public hearing last week in Chicago where Fire Chief Ken Wagner, Division Chief Kevin Dickson and City Councilmember Jim Gray spoke in support of and further substantiated the findings of the extensive report prepared by an independent CFAI Peer Assessment Team. Roseville Fire Department managers also answered numerous questions from the Commission regarding emergency response data reporting methodology and compliance with the Standards of Response Coverage deployment analysis, the purpose of which is to determine whether an agency is prepared to provide a level of service commensurate with its responsibilities, community risks and service level objectives.
Fire Chief Ken Wagner said, “This achievement demonstrates the continued commitment of the Roseville Fire Department to provide a comprehensive and appropriate level of service to our community." Chief Wagner further stated, "Being an Accredited Agency has provided great benefit locally. We have been able to use the Commission of Fire Accreditation International's process as a proactive mechanism to plan for our future and locate areas where we can improve upon the quality of services we provide."
As one of 148 internationally accredited fire agencies recognized for excellence, the City of Roseville receives enhanced benefits because accreditation:
· Demonstrates effectiveness and excellence to the community.
· Provides a detailed internal and external evaluation of services provided to the community.
· Assures the community that the fire department has a defined mission and objectives aimed at promoting a vision of a safe and healthy community.
· Promotes future excellence within the community through a continuous self-assessment process.
· Identifies strengths and weaknesses in the organization and defines plans for improvement.
· Creates methods or systems for addressing deficiencies while building organizational success.
· Provides a forum for communicating organizational priorities.
· Encourages professional growth for both the department and its personnel.
· Fosters national recognition by colleagues and the public.
· Creates a mechanism for developing strategic and program action plans.
· Enhances a community economic development strategic plan by providing internationally recognized professional fire and emergency response services.
· Creates a potential future opportunity to be re-assessed by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) which could possibly reduce property insurance rates for community property owners.
Originally accredited in 2005 the Roseville Fire Department is the only internationally accredited fire agency in Placer County, as well as the Sacramento Valley Region. In fact, it is one of only six municipal fire agencies in California, which include the Culver City Fire Department, Santa Clara County Fire Department, City of Clovis Fire Department, Novato Fire Protection District, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the Vista Fire Department. It is worth noting that Santa Clara County also received Reaccredited Agency status in Chicago last week and San Ramon Valley and Vista achieved Accreditation for the first time. Additionally, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Fire Department in Yolo County’s Capay Valley became the first American Indian fire department to earn Accredited Agency status.
To prepare for this process fire department staff had to perform a comprehensive update to the agency Accreditation Manual, Standards of Response Coverage document and Strategic Plan. A diverse Peer Assessment Team was assembled to include fire service experts from other parts of the United States and Canada, including Washington State, Florida, Indiana and Ontario. During the on-site evaluation earlier this summer, the Peer Assessment Team reviewed all of the Roseville Fire Department policies, procedures, programs and processes as they relate to the more than 200 core and important competencies. Copies of the Accreditation Manual, Standards of Response Coverage and the Reaccreditation Report can be found on the Roseville Fire Department website at http://www.roseville.ca.us/fire/accreditation.asp.
“It gives me great pride and confidence in our fire department knowing that they embrace a continuous comprehensive assessment process. To know that we are evaluated against national standards and internationally recognized best management practices provides our community comfort in knowing our fire department is among the most professional”, said Councilmember Jim Gray. "The accreditation process helps us to better understand community risks and fire safety needs and to more accurately evaluate our performance.”
About the Commission
The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) is governed by eleven members representing a cross-section of the fire service industry, including fire departments, city and county management, code councils, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Association of Firefighters. The full Commission meets biannually to review all agencies applying for accredited status.
The 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.
About the Roseville Fire Department
The Roseville Fire Department is a full service fire protection agency in south Placer County. Serving a population of approximately 115,000, the Department provides a wide variety of services, including fire suppression, advanced life support (paramedic), hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention, public education/information, regional fire training and emergency preparedness. The Roseville Fire Department maintains an ISO rating of 3 and is proud to be internationally accredited by the CFAI. For more information about the Roseville Fire Department, please visit our website at http://www.roseville.ca.us/fire/default.asp.