Accreditation through the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation International (CFSAI) and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) is a worldwide measure of excellence. Accreditation is an independent review process of 244 performance indicators that evaluate the Fire Department's emergency services, programs, personnel, administration, financial management and governance. Accreditation requires significant organizational review, monitoring, reporting and improvement planning. A continuous process designed to create sustained excellence; the Fire Department will produce annual performance improvement reports and complete a re-accreditation process every 5 years. UCDFD hopes to apply for accreditation by spring of 2014.
There are currently only 129 internationally accredited fire agencies recognized for excellence, the UC Davis community will receive enhanced benefits because accreditation:
Demonstrates effectiveness and excellence to the community.
Assures the community that the UC Davis Fire Department has a defined mission and objectives promoting a vision of a safe community.
Promotes future excellence within the community through a continuous self-assessment process.
Identifies strengths and weaknesses in the organization and defines plans for improvement.
Provides a forum for communicating organizational priorities to the community.
The UC Davis Fire Department strives to balance fiscal responsibility with the operational and social needs of the department and the campus community. The Department plays a pivotal role in its representation of this responsibility through daily interactions with the public. The community's goal of living on a safe campus is the vision of the Department strategic plan.
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