The Culver City Fire Department has received Reaccredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The Culver City Fire Department is one of more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc..
“Our Culver City Fire Department is on an elite list with four agencies in California that have obtained accredited agency status from CFAI, as well as Class 1 status from the Insurance Services Office,” said Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. “I’m incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the Fire Department for not only achieving reaccreditation status but also for the phenomenal efforts the team puts in as first responders for our community every day,” added Mayor Sahli-Wells.
The accreditation process is ongoing, requiring a peer assessor site visit and meeting before the commission once every five years. Mayor Sahli-Wells participated in this year’s commission meeting in Atlanta, GA as well as the last one in Dallas, TX. There are 22 accredited agencies in California, 12 of which are fully career departments like CCFD.
CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation. Its process provides continuous quality improvement and service delivery enhancement to agencies’ communities. The voluntary CFAI process provides agencies with an improvement model that assesses their service delivery and performance from an internal perspective. Then agencies begin work with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.
The CFAI model is a process that the Culver City Fire Department believes in and has been practicing since 1998. The award, received by CCFD on August 8, 2019, marked the fifth time the Department has been accredited by CFAI. With each accreditation cycle, hundreds of volunteers from across the world seek to raise the bar in an effort to provide continuous quality improvement to their communities. Members of the Culver City Fire Department, fellow City departments and affiliated agencies have invested countless hours in the process.
“Receiving the accreditation award is a major milestone to this continuous effort. The accreditation model helps us to be the best that we can be.” said Chief David White. “We are extremely grateful for the involvement and hard work of our members and the unwavering support of our Mayor and members of the City Council. Additionally, we extend thanks to our fellow City departments, neighboring agencies, the CFAI peer assessment team and the CFAI commission for their consideration.”
To view ongoing efforts of the Culver City Fire Department, review the 2019-2024 Community Driven Strategic Plan. Its foundation is based on community and membership input. It revisits the Department’s pillars—mission, vision, values—and sets forth a continuous improvement plan that offers a road map for a justifiable and sustainable future.
The 2019 Community Risk Assessment and Standards of Cover is also available for review. It is a tool through which the Department assesses the community’s fire and non-fire risk, defines emergency response performance standards, determines apparatus staffing patterns, evaluates workload and ideal unit utilization, measures service delivery performance, supports strategic planning and policy development and establishes community level service objectives.