Elk Grove Village Fire Department Earns International Accreditation Status
Following a rigorous two-year process that included a community risk assessment, an update to all its response plans and a top-to-bottom review of its operations, the Elk Grove Village Fire Department joined an elite list of public safety agencies that have received “Accredited Agency” status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
The Elk Grove Village Fire Department earned the accreditation by meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The Elk Grove Village Fire Department is one of just 250 agencies worldwide to achieve this status.
“This accreditation marks a new, modern way for the Elk Grove Village Fire Department to keep our community safe. We have adopted a cycle of planning, performing, evaluating, and planning again, to keep current in addressing the needs of our residents and businesses,” said Elk Grove Village Fire Chief Richard Mikel, “We’re better equipped today to direct our resources in a smarter way so we can deliver critical services efficiently and safely.”
In order to achieve CFAI accreditation, the Elk Grove Village Fire Department had to perform a thorough community risk assessment, which identifies areas where the Village, its residents and local businesses are potentially vulnerable to threats of fire, disaster or other hazardous situations. Using information gathered during the assessment, the Department modernized all of its response protocols. The Department was also subject to scrutiny from a team of outside assessors who conducted various inspections of operations and facilities.
“I would like to applaud all the hard-working men and women with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department who made the commitment to self-improvement, modernization and working smarter,” said Craig Johnson, Mayor of Elk Grove Village. “Our community is safer now because our firefighters and EMTs are better equipped to perform a very difficult, challenging job.”
Chief Mikel pointed out that to retain accreditation status, the Department must meet certain performance metrics on an annual basis and go through an accreditation renewal process in five years.
“This is not just a certificate that we can hang on the wall,” said Mikel. “CFAI accreditation is about using information to make evidence-based decisions about how to respond to the multiple threats that could place the safety of our community at risk. By earning this accreditation, we are making the commitment to constant improvement and progress to ensure we’re doing everything we can to keep Elk Grove Village safe.”
About CFAI Accreditation
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 Fire Department’s achievement of Accredited Agency status demonstrates the commitment of the agency to provide the highest quality of service to the community.
Members of the Fire Department accepted the award at the 2020 CPSE Excellence Conference held in Orlando, Florida.