Fort Bragg Fire and Emergency Services as of 14 August 2013, has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The department is one of 185 agencies worldwide and one of 33 agencies within the Department of Defense (DoD) to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. (CPSE).
CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies worldwide in 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, and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.
To be recommended for accreditation, a fire department must complete a self assessment of the department. The assessment encompasses 10 major categories which are further divided into 43 criteria with more than 258 performance indicators, ranging from response time benchmarking, training, resource deployment, public education and more. Along with this assessment, the department must also compile a strategic plan and standards of cover.