Boulder Fire-Rescue learned Thursday that its team has been recommended for international accredited status — an accolade only 270 fire departments worldwide have achieved.
The recommendation to the Commission on Fire Accreditation International comes after a week-long visit from a site assessment team representing the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The work also included two months of document review by the team, according to a Thursday news release from the city of Boulder.
Boulder Fire-Rescue Chief Mike Calderazzo said he was thrilled to see the agency recommended.
“This recognition underscores the hard work and dedication of our team and will serve as a foundation for us to maintain and improve our department’s ability to serve the community,” Calderazzo said.
In March, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International will review the recommendation and make a final decision on awarding accredited status.
For the past three years, the department has been preparing for this evaluation through comprehensive self-assessment, process evaluation and implementing industry best practices, the release stated. The process also seeks to ensure the department is responding to incidents with the right amount of resources.
CFAI seeks to assist fire and emergency service agencies in implementing continuous improvement practices. While applying for accreditation is voluntary, departments that participate are likely to see community benefits, according to the release, including using industry best planning processes which can help elected officials make educated decisions on risk-reduction efforts and response service levels.
As a result of the accreditation process, the department has received numerous recommendations for improvement that will be incorporated into its planning practices, the release stated.