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Fire Department Accredited
Posted on 03/28/2019
Accreditation TeamStatesville Fire Department (SFD) has been re-accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The SFD was first awarded International Fire Accreditation in 2014. Through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program, accredited departments are required to be reevaluated every five years as the agency works to find efficiencies in programs and services it delivers to the city. 

Statesville Fire Chief Spencer Lee said this award makes the Statesville Fire Department one of approximately 260 agencies in the world to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE) The City of Statesville hosts the only internationally accredited fire department in Iredell County, and is one of 22 internationally accredited departments in North Carolina. 

Accreditation for the fire service is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices. This process leads to improved service delivery. As part of the process, the community’s risks and safety needs are determined, the performance of the department is evaluated, and methods for achieving continuous organizational improvement are reviewed.

Lee stated that the agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency status “demonstrates the commitment of the department to provide the highest quality of service to our community…I’m very proud of our team for this achievement. The work is meaningful for the citizens who have assurance that their fire department is performing at the highest level possible. 

“We have been able to use the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s process as a proactive mechanism to plan for the future of this agency and locate areas where we can improve on the quality of the services we provide,” Lee continued.

City Manager Ron Smith stated, “This process demonstrates our city’s commitment to improving our citizens’ quality of life. Having both a fire department and police department achieve and maintain accredited status makes the City of Statesville truly unique.” 

CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.