Kingston Fire and Rescue is Awarded International Accredited Status

Kingston Fire and Rescue (KFR) has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the prescribed continuous quality improvement process, established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. KFR is one of more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE)

“KFR is proud and honoured to become one of ten fire services in Canada to achieve Certified Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) status,” says Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong.

During December 2021, CPSE sent a four-person peer review team comprised of fire service professionals from across Canada to conduct a comprehensive site visit of Kington Fire & Rescue.

CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world to achieve excellence through self-assessment and accreditation. The program supports continuous quality improvement and quality of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary and provides participating fire services with an improvement model to continually assess their service delivery and performance.

As part of the accreditation process, KFR held community engagement in person, by phone and through the City’s Get Involved Kingston platform, which aided in the development of the Community Risk Assessment Standards of Cover (CRA-SOC) as well as KFR’s strategic operating plan.

The CRA-SOC and the strategic plan were designed to strengthen KFR’s services delivered to residents. The CRA-SOC assessed 185 individual geographic planning zones throughout Kingston and measured both the probability and impacts of the risks as either low, moderate, high, or maximum risk.

KFR collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to complete a self-assessment which covered 252 performance indicators across 11 categories, with the goal of maximizing KFR’s effectiveness on the community level.

Fire Chief Armstrong stated that the agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency status is an important milestone, highlighting KFR’s commitment to providing the highest quality of service to our community.”  Chief Armstrong also said, The Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s process provides a methodology to incrementally plan for the future, quality and types of programs and services to meet the community’s needs and circumstances.”

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2022-03-22 16:52:41 -0400