Lincoln Fire Chief Micheal Despain announced Friday that Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) has been re-designated as an Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Accredited Agency status recognizes LFR's dedication to continuous quality improvement and industry best practices related to service to the community and transparency.
"Lincoln residents benefit from this accreditation process in several ways. With the continuous improvement model used in seeking accreditation, our agency must maintain an active strategic planning program as well as a comprehensive analysis of the community's overall level of risk," Despain said. "The risk analysis process helps the community's elected officials make educated decisions on the level of service they desire. The outcomes of these data-driven decisions lead to more cost-efficient operations, lower risk to the community, and downward pressure on insurance rates."
Lincoln Fire and Rescue joins a select group of only 258 fire agencies worldwide in achieving international Accredited Agency status from the CFAI. LFR first achieved this status in 1997 as one of the few agencies to embark on this newly-developed program, which makes LFR not only the first and only fire agency in Nebraska to achieve this status but one of the longest continuously accredited fire agencies worldwide.
The CFAI process is voluntary and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally. The agency then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate the accuracy and transparency of the agency under evaluation. Based upon the recommendation of the peer assessors, the fire agency will then go before an 11-member commission for final review. This process repeats every fifth year as long as the agency meets minimum program requirements during the term of the accreditation.
More information regarding the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., and the Commission of Fire Accreditation International, Inc., can be found at cpse.org. More information on Lincoln Fire and Rescue is available at fire.lincoln.ne.gov.