The Ridge Road Fire District is the only municipal department in New York State to be accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, CFAI. The District first achieved accreditation in 2005, and again in 2010 and 2015. The district is one of only 259 accredited agencies across the globe.
The CFAI Accreditation process is a self assessment module, that promotes continuous quality improvement through the use of peer- review, analytic data and consensus national standards.
According to CFAI, Accreditation is an international recognition of achievement. It shows to your community that your agency is performing to industry best practices and is holding itself accountable through an external peer review.
The Accreditation model includes a comprehensive range of performance evaluation measures across all aspects of the district:
Assessment and Planning Governance and Administration
Essential Resources Human Resources
External Systems Relations Physical Resources
Financial Resources Programs
Goals and Objectives Training and Competency
Each category includes performance indicators that define the desired level of performance as well as the process to evaluate and document the results. The performance measure are based upon consensus national industry standards such as National Fire Protection Industry, NFPA.
Under the Programs heading, the district evaluates each of the service areas it provides or the responses we make:
- Community Risk Reduction
- Public Education and Community Outreach
- Fire Investigation
- Domestic Preparedness
- Fire Suppression
- Emergency Medical Services
- Technical Rescue
- Hazardous Materials Response