Accreditation Budget Administrator,
Carmel Fire Department Accreditation
The Carmel Fire Department was first accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) in August of 2013. CFD was reaccredited by CFAI in March of 2019 at the Excellence Conference in Anaheim California. CFD remains one of three accredited agencies in the State of Indiana. There are currently 270 accredited fire agencies worldwide. According to CFAI’s website, those accredited agencies protect 11% of the U.S. population and 17% of the Canadian population.
The international accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices worldwide.
International Accreditation Award at Fire Rescue International Conference
Front Row: (L/R) – Ret. Battalion Chief Gary Dufek, Engineer Renee Butts, Fire Chief David Haboush, Accreditation Budget Administrator Denise Snyder, Administrative Chief Mark Gugel, CFAI Peer Team Leader Will Gray
Back Row: (L/R) - Engineer Joshua Haus, Communications/Planning Chief Sean Sutton, CFAI Chairman Steve Dongworth, Operations Chief Adam Harrington, Local 4444 President JC Mitchell, Battalion Chief Craig Phillips
What is Accreditation:
There are four components to the Accreditation process.
The components are:
The Standard of Cover document analyzes the department’s resource deployment to determine if it is meeting the community risks and expectations. This document is essential to determining whether or not a department is prepared to provide the service level needed for fire, health, and safety risks that exist in the community.
This document clearly articulates the goals and objectives of the personnel that protect the City of Carmel. As the world around us continues to change, we are faced with demands for service that the traditional fire service has never before seen. It is important for everyone to understand that the fire service of today is not the fire service of yesterday. The reality is that the fire service of tomorrow will change as well. The men and women of the Carmel Fire Department have risen to the occasion and continually deliver the highest quality of service. It is through planning and implementation that the department improves and continues to deliver the highest quality services to those we protect.