Regina Fire & Protective Services Receives International Accreditation
The City of Regina’s Fire & Protective Services (RFPS) has received Accredited Agency status for the third time through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). In Canada, RFPS is one of only nine departments to receive this accreditation.
“The CFAI accreditation program is a comprehensive model that ensures best practices are adopted and a culture of continuous improvement is followed,” says Fire Chief Layne Jackson. “Members of RFPS collaborated to gather information and statistics to ensure the 250 CFAI criteria was met. I am very proud that RFPS continues to achieve accreditation which is recognition of our department’s effort to go above and beyond in helping keep our community and residents safe.”
The 250 criteria of the quality assurance program are data driven and peer reviewed, benchmarking performance data and measuring programs for competency and capacity against industry best practices. A significant resource for information and statistics in Regina’s recent submission for accreditation was the Fire Master Plan.
In May of 2022, a peer team representative of fire departments from both Canada and the United States traveled to Regina to review the City’s fire programs and stations. Today’s announcement of successfully meeting the criteria provides another five-year accreditation period to RFPS.
Over the years, accreditation has provided the foundation for internal enhancements such as the formalization of service agreements, Regina Fire Bylaw updates, technological advancements, long-term planning and many other process improvements. The City’s Fire Master Plan identifies the importance of accreditation and is a guide to position Regina Fire services for community and economic growth over the next 25 years.
CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment 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, which is then evaluated by a team of peers from other agencies.