Columbia Fire Department awarded international accreditation

2 months 1 week 3 days ago Thursday, March 14 2019 Mar 14, 2019 Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:15:00 PM CDT March 14, 2019 in News
By: Edan Goldfarb, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Fire Department joined the ranks of elite fire departments around the world after being awarded a certification of accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

"Essentially it is a commitment to continuos improvement in everything that we do," explains the Columbia Fire Department's Assistant Chief, Brad Fraizer. 

According to Fraizer current fire chief, Randy White, had made this achievement a major priority for the department, and it has been something they have been working towards for quite some time.

"We've been working towards this accreditation for over ten years," says Fraizer.

This achievement came after fire service professionals from around the country came to Columbia last November to inspect facilities, review procedures, and interview Columbia Fire Department personnel. 

But according to Fraizer before their arrival, the department,"had been working for well over a year if not longer on documenting everything we do and gauging how we do things."

With fewer than one percent of fire departments nation wide being accredited, Columbia residents joined just 10 percent of United States citizens to be served by an accredited fire department.

"This is a huge community pride point," says the Central and Northern Missouri American Red Cross Executive Director, Abigail Anderson. "We have a very community focused fire department, which is huge."

And their focus has not gone unnoticed.

One Columbia resident, Dawn Westveer Huckins, says that, "I love living in a town where I know I'm getting excellent service from them and having used their services before I know I can count on an excellent response and friendly faces."

One requirement the fire department had in order to receive this accreditation was to demonstrate a community risk reduction program.

"That's where we identified potential risks in the community, what are we doing to respond to those potential risks in the community and how is our response to those," says Fraizer. 

Other areas of focus for the Columbia Fire Department are, public education, property conservation, and medical response data.

"More than anything it demonstrates our commitment to the community, to the citizens of Columbia, to provide the very best service that we can," says Fraizer.

This accreditation makes the Columbia Fire Department one of just 258 fire departments world wide to receive this certification. 

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