THORNTON, CO… The Thornton Fire Department 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. Thornton Fire is now one of more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Thornton Fire Chief Gordie Olson says the agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency status “demonstrates the commitment of the agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community. 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.”
The process was the result of hundreds of hours of work from fire department personnel working with numerous city departments, to develop an improvement plan backed by data driven decisions, and culminating in the development of a Community Risk Assessment, Standards of Cover, Strategic Plan and a thorough self-assessment. With this accreditation status, the department joins a select group of fire departments who have pursued accreditation and committed to a continuous improvement model and became the 20th accredited department in Colorado.
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 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.