Murrieta Fire Chief Scott Ferguson is proud to announce that as a result of a dedicated and committed accreditation team, Murrieta Fire & Rescue (MFR) was awarded Accredited Agency status on August, 8, 2018, by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The award of Accredited Agency status recognizes MFR’s dedication to continuous quality improvement and best business practices. Murrieta Fire & Rescue joins an elite group of only 18 California agencies to achieve international Accredited Agency status from with the CFAI and the Center of Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE) and the first in Riverside County.
The CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world. They do this by achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process is voluntary, and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally. It then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.
Murrieta Fire & Rescue members began their journey towards accreditation just over two years ago with a review of community risks and safety needs and developing a community specific Standards of Cover and evaluating the department’s performance through our Annual Strategic Planning and Goals. Deputy Fire Chief David Lantzer lead the team as the Accreditation Manager and has said that the accreditation process is a journey, and “the point of the journey is not to arrive”, believing that the accreditation process is one of continual improvement, with constant evaluation of the department's goals, community risks and safety needs.
Murrieta residents also benefit from this accreditation achievement. With the continued improvement model used in seeking accreditation, the agency must maintain an active strategic planning program as well as a comprehensive analysis of the community’s overall level of risk. The risk analysis helps the community’s elected officials make educated decisions on the level of service they desire.
More information regarding the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., and the Commission of Fire Accreditation International, Inc., can be found at www.cfainet.org