Clackamas Fire District #1 is one of only 192 agencies worldwide to be accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Clackamas Fire is currently the only agency in the state of Oregon to be accredited. Fire Chief Fred Charlton credits the Fire District’s professionalism and the support of the Board of Directors for achieving this gold standard of the fire industry. “Attaining international accreditation demonstrates the Fire District’s commitment to provide the highest quality of service to our communities.”
Accreditation is the result of months of rigorous preparation by the Fire District’s staff, followed by a week of intense scrutiny by an accreditation team from outside the organization. In March of 2015, a team of industry experts recommended that Clackamas Fire District #1 be re-awarded Accredited Agency status for the fourth time following a meticulous five-day site visit to all of our facilities. Their visit included interviews of Fire District staff, local officials, and neighboring agencies to verify and further evaluate the district’s operation. Clackamas Fire District #1 was originally awarded Accredited Agency status by the CFAI in March of 2000.
The site visit, conducted by peer assessors from around the United States, confirmed that the Fire District again met all criteria established through CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The evaluation process included verification and validation of programs and services provided by the Fire District, and in-depth reviews of our policies, principles, and practices.
The goal of the CFAI is to assist fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment, accreditation, and continuous quality improvements in order to enhance service delivery to their communities. The CFAI was formed in 1996 as a joint venture of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International City/County Management Association. The two associations recognized the difficulties faced by local citizens, elected and appointed officials trying to measure fire service performance in the absence of universally recognized standards. The accreditation process allows fire agencies to measure themselves against industry-wide benchmarks.
As part of the re-accreditation process every 5 years, the Fire District is required to submit an Annual Compliance Report. The Annual Compliance Report is a document used to track organizational changes and improvements. Also it is used to track the progress made on the recommendations made by the peer assessors during the most recent re-accreditation visit.