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Anaheim Fire & Rescue receives Official Accreditation from Internationally Recognized Fire Organization
HENDERSON, NV (March 12, 2014) Chief Randy R. Bruegman announced that Anaheim Fire & Rescue has achieved accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) which is the commission within the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) that accredits fire agencies around the world. Anaheim Fire & Rescue becomes only the 13th in all of California and the 2nd in Orange County to receive this accreditation. Only 196 agencies out of approximately 30,000 fire agencies nationally have been accredited. This recognition demonstrates a true commitment to continuous organizational improvement, exceptional fire and emergency services to the residents and visitors of Anaheim, and a safe work environment for all fire personnel.
“I am proud to receive CFAI’s accreditation on behalf of the entire department” said Anaheim Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. “To be a leader in fire service, you have to base your department’s efficacy on a national model for quality and industry standards.”
This accreditation process began in summer 2011 and the 30 month journey has been exhaustive but as each milestone was achieved, Anaheim Fire & Rescue demonstrated a true dedication to excellence and a desire to be a leader in the fire service in all California. This model provides a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation that enables fire and emergency service organizations to examine their service levels and performance compared to industry best practices.
“Congratulations to Anaheim Fire Chief Bruegman and his department,” stated Allan Cain, Chairman of CFAI and Fire Chief of Cary, North Carolina. “To complete this thorough process of accreditation in less than four years is a true testament to the department’s commitment to exemplary fire service.”
Anaheim Fire & Rescue prepared a complete evaluation of 258 performance indicators divided into 10 separate categories which was submitted to CFAI for peer review. A peer assessor team visited the Department in earlier this year to conduct an on-site evaluation.
Chief Bruegman and his accreditation team presented to CFAI’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Following the presentation, it was announced that Anaheim Fire & Rescue received CFAI’s official accreditation.
To learn more about the Department’s journey to accreditation, please visit www.anaheim.net/fire.