Tampa Fire Rescue reaccredited by Commission on Fire Accreditation International
Tampa Fire Rescue received its second consecutive accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in Atlanta, August 26. Fire Chief Tom Forward and Assistant Chief Nick LoCicero traveled to Atlanta to meet with the CFAI commission and hear the results of the assessment.
The accreditation followed a detailed certification process which involved a self assessment followed by a peer assessment.
“We completed a thorough review of our policies and practices before we invited the assessment team in,” said LoCicero. “We wanted to take a candid look at how we do business and make sure we addressed any issues beforehand so we could provide a realistic picture of our departmental operations.”
Following the internal review, a peer assessment team traveled to Tampa in June to conduct its evaluation and gather data for their final report to the commission. The week-long evaluation involved firefighter assessors from all over the country and Canada meeting with firefighters, support staff, and departmental leadership and observing operations at various stations around the city.
According to the CFAI website, departments seeking accreditation are evaluated for performance in areas including Assessment and Planning, Essential Resources, External Systems Relations, Financial Resources, Goals and Objectives, Governance and Administration, Human Resources, Physical Resources, Programs, and Training and Competency.
“Ultimately, the assessment team was confident we operated in accordance with the high standards that CFAI has established; and the commission agreed,” said LoCicero.
Chief Forward said earning the accreditation was the result of a highly coordinated team effort. “I couldn’t be more proud of all of the professional men and women of Tampa Fire Rescue who work so hard every day to maintain a high level of service to the citizens of Tampa,” Forward said. “This accreditation is a validation of all of the hard work, professionalism and commitment to service that all of our members exhibit all year, around the clock. Tampa deserves the best fire rescue department and this accreditation shows they’ve got it.”