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Posted on: August 14, 2018

Springdale Fire Department is Awarded International Accredited Status

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The Springdale Fire Department (SFD) in Springdale, Arkansas has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The SFD is one of more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE).


The SFD joins only four other agencies in Arkansas to achieve accredited status. The other agencies are Rogers Fire Department, Little Rock Air Force Base, Searcy Fire Department, and Little Rock Fire Department.


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.


"The agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency status demonstrates the commitment of the agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community,” said Fire Chief Mike Irwin. “We have also 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 provided.”


This process was used in order to relocate two stations in 2015 and identify the need for the additional three stations that were approved and planned with the 2018 bond election. We wish to thank the citizens for their support for the bond election.


The SFD began this process more than three years ago and has been working diligently over the past two years to complete the Standards of Cover/Risk Assessment as well as the Self-Assessment Manual in order to allow for a site visit of a peer review team to validate our self-assessment.


We then were before the Commission on Fire Accreditation International on Aug. 8, 2018 who, after a hearing, awarded the SFD Accreditation Status. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the SFD and certainly wish to thank Mayor Sprouse and the elected officials of Springdale for their support in this process and of the fire department. Most importantly, we thank our residents for their support of our organization and cannot thank you enough. We will do our very best to continue the continuous improvement model that the Accreditation mandates.

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