|The Fort McCoy Fire Department received international
fire accreditation during an August conference in Colorado.
Adam Ballard, Fort McCoy Fire Department accreditation manager, said the
department’s accreditation ended an approximately two-and-one-half year
process. The installation became the fourth Army fire department to
obtain the honor, with the others being Rock Island, Ill., Fort Lee,
Va., and Fort Drum, N.Y.
Fort McCoy personnel accept international fire accreditation
during a conference in Colorado. Pictured from left to right are
Station Chief Jeremy Olivier, Firefighter/Emergency Medical
Technicians Tyler Frederick and Matt Steele, Deputy Chief Adam
Ballard, CFAI Chairman Chief Allan Cain (Cary, N.C.), McCoy Fire
Chief David Biondi, Directorate of Emergency Services Director
Mark Fritsche, and Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott.
Members of the Fort McCoy delegation were on hand when the Commission
on Fire Accreditation, International (CFAI) convened in Denver in early
Ballard said each organization’s Fire/Emergency Medical Services
representatives received direct and challenging questions from CFAI
Commissioners before a vote was taken on accreditation.
“This process embodies a pursuit of excellence within the fire industry;
measures each and every aspect of your organization and benchmarks your
findings towards continuous quality improvement. We are seeing more and
more organizations who meet these industry challenges and
institutionalize the core values of accreditation into how their
agencies are managed, and for that the commission remains proud to refer
to them as internationally accredited fire departments,” said Chief
Allan Cain (Cary, N.C.), CFAI Chairman.
After 12 hours of deliberations, 13 agencies received their Accredited
Agency Status, three of which are Department of Defense fire agencies.
Thirteen received reaccredited Agency Status, while two received
Ballard said the Fort McCoy Fire Department now will have to submit
annual compliance reports and go through the reaccreditation process in
“The accreditation process is all about devoting the department to
continuous improvement,” Ballard said. “Going through the process — and
now being accredited — allows us to offer better emergency services to
the Fort McCoy community and our mutual aid partners.”
(Information in this story also provided from the Center for Public
Safety Excellence and the Commission on Fire Accreditation,