Department Accreditation Process

Why Seek Accreditation? 

In order to better serve its community, the SFD is seeking accreditation from th Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). This program is an evaluative and recognition process to ensure the maintenance of standards or qualifications for a fire department. 

Through this process we are hoping to analyze our programs and services to identify our strengths and weaknesses, expand on services that are value added, and identify critical issues and reduce service gaps, optimize resources as well as establish goals and objectives through performance measurements and strategic initiatives.

The Accreditation Process

The accreditation is not a project, but a process. Through this process, SSFD will develop the following four tools:

A Self Assessment - a  a comprehensive review and assessment of all phases of the organization.

A Community Risk Analysis - an evaluation of the hazards and buildings in our community to ensure that the department strategies match community needs.

Development of Standards of Cover - a document that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the services provided to the community.

Development of a Community Driven Strategic Plan - a repository of all identified short-, medium-, and long-term goals and objectives.  

The goal of this is to document the organization’s path into the future and is intended to be a living document, drafted with the community, for the community with its foundation based in community and membership input.