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HARTFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT EARNS INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION, FIRST CAREER DEPARTMENT IN NEW ENGLAND TO DO SO

HARTFORDFIREDEPARTMENT EARNS INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION, FIRST CAREER DEPARTMENT IN NEW ENGLAND TO DO SO

HARTFORD, CONN (March 3, 2020) –This afternoon, the Commission onFireAccreditation International (CFAI) confirmed the HartfordFireDepartment as an internationally accreditedfire department, making it the first internationally accredited careerfiredepartment in New England. Internationally accredited departmentsare “often described as being community-focused, data-driven, outcome-focused, strategic-minded, well organized, properly equipped, and properly staffed and trained.”  There are approximately 26,000firedepartments in the United States, and only 87 are both internationally accredited and hold an ISO Class 1 designation, as the HartfordFireDepartment does.

“The men and women of the HartfordFireDepartment are exceptional public servants, and this designation is a testament to their excellence and professionalism,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “The process of earning international accreditation is long and thorough, and it required both a great deal of self-assessment and holding up to stringent scrutiny from external assessors.  We are always grateful for the extraordinary work ourFireDepartment does, and today we are particularly proud of them.  I want to thank the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Commission onFireAccreditation International for their careful work to assess and ultimately accredit the HartfordFireDepartment.  I also want to recognize Chief Freeman, whose leadership and vision have been essential, and who has brought a very high level of rigor to the HartfordFireDepartment.”

“The HartfordFireDepartment has worked together for several years to earn this coveted milestone,” saidFireChief Reginald D. Freeman.  “Numerous current and former members of the department have contributed their time, dedication, and commitment to this process.  It is truly my honor and privilege to lead such an exceptional group of men and women and this achievement is a testament to their constant commitment to the pursuit of excellence and resiliency.  I want to thank Mayor Bronin for his consistent support of the HartfordFire Department over the last four years, which has been crucial to earning accreditation.”

The accreditation process involved the assessment of ten categories that cover the breadth offire and emergency service operations, including: Governance and Administration, Assessment and Planning, Goals and Objectives, Financial Resources, Programs, Physical Resources, Human Resources, Training and Competency, Essential Resources, & External Systems Relationship. 

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