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2009 Media Releases


Date:
January 8, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Niles Ford, Fire Chief, 441-8350
Tom Casady, Police Chief, 441-7237
Julie Righter, Emergency Communications Manager, 441-7252


CITY’S EMERGENCY SERVICES RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY

Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR), the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Emergency Communications/911 Center for their achievements in earning national re-accreditation in 2008. Lincoln is one of only eight cities in the U.S. to have all three emergency service providers accredited by either the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. (CFAI) or the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

“The accreditation process is a comprehensive look at an agency’s policies, procedures, efficiency and effectiveness,” said Mayor Beutler. “To have all three of the City’s emergency service providers achieve this status says a great deal about our commitment to excellence. The public can take great pride in the dedicated and professional men and women who work to keep them safe 24 hours a day.”

CFAI requires re-accreditation every five years, and CALEA requires re-acccreditation every three years.

LFR was recommended for re-accreditation after a site visit from a team representing CFAI.. The department will receive its re-accreditation March 10 at the annual conference of the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The Department was one of the first five in the world to receive CFAI accreditation in August 1997.

LPD was re-accredited by CALEA in April 2008. LPD has been nationally accredited since 1989, when the department became the first law enforcement agency in Nebraska to achieve that status. LPD also has earned the enhanced Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation from CALEA. In July 2008, LPD was awarded State re-accreditation through the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska. LPD was first accredited by that group in 2003. (State re-accreditation takes place every five years.)

The Lincoln Emergency Communications/911 Center received re-accreditation from CALEA in December. The Center also was named a Flagship Agency for its commitment to the CALEA accreditation process and its willingness to share its success with others. The Center became the 14th center in the nation to be accredited by CALEA in 2002. The Center was re-accredited in 2005 and received its first Flagship Agency designation at that time.

More information on the City’s emergency service providers is available on the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keywords: fire, police, 911). More information on the accrediting agencies is available at cfainet.org and calea.org.


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