Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) for again earning International Accredited Agency status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. (CFAI). The department received its re-accreditation earlier this month at the annual conference of the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
"The accreditation process gives Lincoln Fire and Rescue an opportunity to review its policies, and procedures and then be evaluated by peers from other agencies," Mayor Beutler said. "Achieving accreditation assures the public that fire and ambulance services in this City are of the highest quality. The process is also an important tool to help LFR be proactive in looking at plans for improvements in the future."
The Department was one of the first five in the world to receive CFAI accreditation in August 1997. The Commission requires re-accreditation every five years, and the process includes a site visit from a team representing CFAI.
"The accreditation process covers all aspects of our operations, reassuring citizens that our service delivery meets or exceeds industry standards," said Fire Chief John Huff. "The accreditation team worked many hours to assure that we were prepared for the peer assessors' onsite evaluation in all areas. I am very proud of all members of Lincoln Fire and Rescue who provide service in a caring, compassionate professional manner every day."
Lincoln is one of only a few cities in the U.S. to have all three emergency service providers accredited. The Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and the Emergency Communications/911 Center are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), which requires re-accreditation every three years. LPD has been nationally accredited since 1989, when the department became the first law enforcement agency in Nebraska to achieve that status. The Lincoln Emergency Communications/911 was the 14th center in the nation to be accredited by CALEA in 2002.