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Santa Clara County Fire Department Receives Unanimous Second Accredited Agency Status


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Fire Department was unanimously awarded its second Accredited Agency Status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The award was presented at the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission hearings in Chicago, Illinois, on August 25, 2010.

With this honor, Santa Clara County Fire Department becomes one of only 7 departments in the state and 142 agencies worldwide to obtain CFAI Accredited Agency Status.

A peer assessment team of fire service professionals recommended Accredited Agency Status for the Santa Clara County Fire Department (SCCFD), following a five-day site visit to the Department and its communities. The site visit confirmed the SCCFD met all criteria established through the CFAI's voluntary self-assessment and accreditation process. The comprehensive evaluation included verification and validation of all programs and services provided by the Department, and in-depth reviews of SCCFD policies, principles, and practices.

“This award signifies the culmination of more than a year of intense self-assessment, review of response standards, and strategic planning in our ongoing efforts to provide world class emergency services,” said Santa Clara County Fire Chief Ken Waldvogel. “We are extremely proud to receive accredited status to recognize excellence in our delivery of these services, both today and in the future.”

The Santa Clara County Fire Department provides regional services to Western Santa Clara County and the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, and Saratoga. The Department (SCCFD) received its initial CFAI Accreditation award in 2005, and is required to reapply every five years to maintain accredited status. The CFAI Accreditation designation will be valid until 2015.

About the Commission on Fire Accreditation International

The goal of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International is to assist fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment, accreditation, and continuous quality improvement in order to enhance service delivery to their communities.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Tom Walsh, Senior Deputy Fire Marshall (408)378-4010
Posted: September 13, 2010