Published : Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 6:06 PM
The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) has approved the Pasadena Fire Department’s second Annual Compliance Report (ACR) signifying that the department is “in compliance with all stated benchmarks, core competencies, and performance indicators” as an accredited public safety agency.
In a report to the City Manager’s office Thursday, Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington said CPSE recently accepted the department’s Annual Compliance Report after the report was reviewed by the Center’s ’s Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
The Center for Public Safety Excellence, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, provides the only accreditation program for fire service organizations in the world, and offers nationally-recognized designations for fire and emergency services officers.
“In the United States, only 239 fire departments out of approximately 30,000 are accredited,” Washington said. “Even more impressively, our department is also one of only 58 fire departments worldwide who have achieved both accreditation status and a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office.”
Washington added that achieving accreditation and maintaining compliance each year requires a thorough self-assessment process, where the fire department examines over 261 performance indicators, of which 82 are considered core competencies.
The Pasadena Fire Department was awarded accredited agency status by the Center for Public Safety Excellence in August 2015 after an extensive review process of its first ACR and an onsite visit by the CFAI team.
This year, the CFAI recommended approval of the annual compliance report which included the filling up of a number of previously vacant but necessary positions in the Pasadena Fire Department, as well as the completion of a pilot program using state-of-the-art mechanical chest compression machines, and the upgrading of security across the various fire stations in the City.
In a Statement of Findings for the Pasadena Annual Compliance Report, the CFAI said the department has filled the positions for Fire Marshal/Deputy Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief, a Senior Executive Secretary to support the Fire Chief, and a Medical Director. The department has also added a Senior Fire Inspector Position and successfully graduated 12 entry-level firefighters, the statement said.
These changes were implemented without a significant change in the department’s budget, the CFAI statement added.
According to Center for Public Safety Excellence, their accreditation program, administered by the CFAI, allows fire and emergency service agencies to compare their performance to determine community risk and safety needs and develop community-specific Standards of Cover, evaluate the performance of the department, and establish a method for achieving continuous improvement.
The program allows local government executives to measure the quality of their fire and emergency services through a well-defined, internationally-recognized benchmark system.