The Columbus Fire Department and EMS was reaccredited Wednesday during a meeting of the Commission for Fire Accreditation International, according to a Columbus Consolidated Government press release.
The department will keep its accreditation status for the next five years. This is the third time the Fire Department has received accreditation status from the Commission, although the department's accreditation was put on hold while it addressed internal issues. Some of the issues that were addressed while the accreditation was postponed were recalculating response times, annual appraisal of the Technical Resue Program, and annual appraisal of the Hazardous Materials Program. The accreditation team signed off on these changes in December 2012.
The Commission is part of the Center for Public Safety Excellence. According to the press release, accreditation is a "comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables organizations to examine past, current, and future service levels and internal performance and compare them to industry best practices."