Fire Rescue Services Earns Internationally-recognized Accreditation

April 14, 2010

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has earned an internationally-recognized accreditation, an achievement that shows the fire service is making Edmonton a safer place to live.

“Providing the best possible Fire Services is a priority for the City, and the rigorous process of accreditation has allowed us to make remarkable improvements,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. This achievement marks a significant milestone in our long-term commitment to excellence and innovation.”

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International approved Edmonton Fire Rescue as an accredited agency on March 9. The Commission’s work with the Fire Rescue has resulted in a 29-second reduction in its average response time to a major event—a significant number when you consider that fires double in size every minute.
 
“This whole process exemplifies the kind of commitment to frontline service that Community Services employees are all about, and shows how they are making a difference every day,” said Linda Cochrane, general manager, Community Services. “It’s another way for the administration and Fire Rescue to be accountable to Council and to citizens.”

Fire Chief Ken Block emphasized that becoming accredited is just the beginning. As an accredited agency, Fire Rescue is required to provide the Commission with yearly reports and participate in a re-accreditation process every five years.

“Fire Rescue is committed to always looking for ways to improve our services,” said Fire Chief Ken Block. “That’s why we applied for accreditation with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, and that’s why we are committed to working with them in the years to come. Their input will be invaluable as we continue our mission to protect citizens, their property and the environment.”

Chief Block says the accreditation process was a team effort that started with the Fire personnel and City employees on the accreditation team, but also required Council’s ongoing support of Fire Rescue’s mission. The Fire Fighters’ Union also supported the project.

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International is part of the Centre for Public Safety Excellence. A team of Fire Rescue personnel and City employees spent two years working on the accreditation process.

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