By Karen Kennedy
The Carmel Fire Department received Accredited Agency Status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International during the Fire Rescue International Conference in Chicago on Aug. 14 and 15. The accreditation is a result of an internal assessment of past, current, and future service levels and internal performance. These levels are then compared to industry-best practices worldwide. CFD is now one of only three fire departments in Indiana to be accredited.
“I’m proud of the diligence the fire department has shown in order to get through the long intensive process of self-assessment required for accreditation. Not only have they proved their willingness to continuously improve as a city department, they have shown commitment to provide the best services to Carmel,” Mayor Jim Brainard said.
“This accreditation took years of dedication and it would not have been possible without the hard work and long hours of the sworn firefighters, civilian staff, and previous administrations of the CFD. We are committed to continuing the practices learned throughout the accreditation process to serve the community with the highest standards,” Carmel Fire Chief Matt Hoffman said.
CPSE’s Accreditation Program leads to improved service delivery by helping fire departments to determine community risk and safety needs, evaluate the performance of the department, and establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.