The Grand Junction Fire Department is currently working to complete the international accreditation process through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), the accreditation body of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (www.cpse.org).
The accreditation process requires the department to complete three benchmark phases – Registered Agency, Applicate Agency, and Candidate Agency. The process requires that fire departments follow industry best practices in the fire and emergency medical services professions. Through the process, fire departments are required to adopt a continuous improvement model, which involves every member of the department, is community-focused, and is data driven to ensure that the department is meeting the current and future needs of the community. The process is then validated by an external peer review team to ensure all requirements are met and that the department has established plans and processes to ensure future compliance.