Fort McCoy News Aug. 25, 2017

Fire Department earns international accreditation

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) Fire Department has been reaccredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The fire department is one of more than 200 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate Larry Lorentson with the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department inspects a saw used by firefighters during operations at the fire department Dec. 19.
Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate Larry Lorentson
with the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department inspects a
saw used by firefighters Dec. 19, 2016.
Photo by Scott T. Sturkol

The commission is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency-service agencies throughout the world achieve excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The process is voluntary and provides agencies with improvement models to assess their service delivery and performance internally. Agencies then work with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessments.

Fire Chief David Biondi said the reaccreditation "demonstrates the commitment of the agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community."

"We have also been able to use the Commission on Fire Accreditation International's process as a proactive mechanism to plan for the future of this agency and locate areas where we can improve on the quality of the services we provide," Assistant Fire Chief Brady Brever said.

The fire department supports not only Fort McCoy but the surrounding communities through mutual aid and automatic aid agreements in Monroe and La Crosse counties and through the Wisconsin Mutual Aid Box-Alarm System. These agreements lay out how Fort McCoy can provide or request aid for a variety of emergencies, such as structural fires, underwater rescue, auto accidents, and ambulance calls.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services and Public Affairs Office.)