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2004 Media Releases

December 2, 2004
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Capt. Terrance Sherrill, LPD Accreditation Manager, 441-7239
Julie Righter, Emergency Communications Manager, 441-7252

Mayor Says Accreditation Of Emergency Services Is Recognition Of Excellence

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today said that national accreditation of the City’s major emergency service providers recognizes the excellent service provided to the citizens of Lincoln. Lincoln is the only city in Nebraska to have its police and fire departments and 911/emergency communications center all nationally accredited.

“We know of only one other city in the nation that has its three major emergency service providers nationally accredited,” said Mayor Seng. “This is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of these Lincoln public safety employees. It is also reassuring for citizens to know that when they need emergency help, they will have professional responders providing excellent service.”

Lincoln Fire and Rescue was recently notified that its annual compliance report was approved and it was reaccredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. (CFAI). CFAI has accredited only about 50 other fire departments in the world. The reaccreditation process included an on-site visit by CFAI representatives. The Department was one of the first five in the world to receive CFAI accreditation in August 1997, and it has maintained its accreditation since then.

The Lincoln Police Department was awarded state accreditation by the Police Chiefs Association of Nebraska in September 2003. In 1989, the Lincoln Police Department became the first agency in Nebraska to be nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

In July 2002, the Lincoln Emergency Communications Center became only the 14th center in the country to be accredited by CALEA’s Public Safety Communications Accreditation. The Center will seek to be reaccredited in July 2005, and CALEA assessors will conduct an on-site visit next April. CALEA has accredited only 25 emergency communications agencies in the U.S.

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