The Center for Public Safety Excellence promotes the continuous improvement of services by local and Department of Defense fire and rescue agencies. To date, our Commission on Fire Accreditation International has approved dozens of Department of Defense fire departments around the world. Most recently, for example, during our Excellence Conference in Henderson, Nevada, on March 4-7, 2013, the Commission met to review the recommendations of peer reviewers with regard to Accredited Status for 13 fire agencies. Of these, six were Department of Defense installations:
- Naval Support Agency Souda Bay Fire & Emergency Services
- Souda Bay, Greece
- Naval Air Station Sigonella Fire & Emergency Services
- Sigonella, Italy
- Ramstein Air Base Fire & Emergency Services
- Ramstein, Germany
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Fire and Emergency Services
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
- Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Fire & Emergency Services
- MCAS Cherry Point, NC
- Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Fire Department
A vital step in the process for approval of Accreditation by the Commission is for the Chief, Accreditation Manager and other officers involved in the documentation of processes for their respective fire/rescue agency to come before the Commission and answer questions from the commissioners. As a result of the sequester, only representatives from Ramstein Air Base and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Emergency Services were able to travel to Henderson to appear before the Commission.
CPSE maintains an annual contract with the U.S. Department of Navy, on behalf of all the military services, to provide workshops on conducting self-assessments, strategic planning and conducting community-wide risk assessments, among other subjects. In addition, the contract provides funding for peer assessor teams to conduct on-site visits to DOD fire agencies for the purposes of confirming documentation and processes necessary to attain Accreditation. Current budget uncertainty is affecting DOD fire agencies from implementing the steps required to become Accredited Agencies. This will ultimately impair the effectiveness of those agencies not permitted to participate in the accreditation program.