Fire Department Earns International Accreditation

City of Rocky Mount Fire Department awarded international reaccreditation status

The Rocky Mount Fire Department (RMFD) recently received Internationally Accredited Agency (IAA) status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Departments must meet the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation model of continuous improvement. Worldwide, approximately 250 agencies have earned the coveted status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE)

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.

Fire Chief Mike Varnell stated that the agency’s achievement demonstrates the commitment of the RMFD to provide the highest quality of service to the community.

“We have been able to use the CFAI’s model as a proactive mechanism to plan for the future of our department and locate areas where we can improve on the quality of the services we provided,” Varnell said.

Accreditation is based on a model developed by the International City-County Managers Association (ICMA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). The model enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to current research and industry best practices. This process leads to a more efficient and effective emergency service organization.

Departments are accredited on five-year cycles, and this is the RMFD’s fourth consecutive time earning the IAA honor. The department maintains a vision driven by the continuous improvement philosophy imbedded within the fire accreditation model.

“While the recognition is a tremendous honor, the validation of excellence this award represents for our department members, city leaders and the community is what’s most important,” Varnell said.

Accreditation confirms what the citizens of Rocky Mount already know - the RMFD is a high-performing organization that positively impacts its community on a daily basis.