The Superstition Fire and Medical District became the first accredited fire district within the state of Arizona in 2004. Since then the fire district has successfully reaccredited in 2009, and again 2014.
Fire Service Accreditation began in 1986 as a collaborative effort between the International Associate of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International City-County Management Association (ICMA). Their mission was to develop the concepts and design for continuous improvement in the fire service. Together, their work resulted in the creation of a professional accrediting agency known today as, the Center for Public Service Excellence (CPSE).
Fire Service Accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment process that requires participating agencies to meet internal performance standards. The process enables fire and emergency service organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and compare them to industry best practices. Through critical analysis, the CPSE evaluation model helps an organization determine if its programs and services effectively meet the needs of the community and provide for the safety and welfare of its members.
Attaining Accreditation raises the level of performance and professionalism within the Superstition Fire and Medical District. It promotes excellence and leads to improved service delivery by helping identify the needs of the community; evaluate the performance of the district; and establish methods for achieving continuous organizational improvement. Fire Service Accreditation assures the public and community leaders that the Superstition Fire and Medical District has a defined mission and related objectives intended to enhance customer service and improve organizational performance.
To learn more about the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the fire service accreditation process please visit their website at cpse.org.