After review of the required Annual Compliance Report submitted by the El Paso Fire Department in June of 2015, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) has accepted our report and recommended the El Paso Fire Department for re-accreditation.
The CFAI/Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) provides the only accreditation program for fire service organizations in the world. Accreditation serves as a mechanism for measuring organizational effectiveness. It is a process by which the commission recognizes an agency as meeting predetermined standards and qualifications.
“I’m very proud of the work the men and women of the EPFD do every day,” Fire Chief Samuel Peña said. “Accreditation is one of the most meaningful forms of controls for our department and it provides assurance to the community of a well-organized department, effective in meeting their needs.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates there are 30,052 fire departments in the United States. The El Paso Fire Department is one of only 217 accredited fire departments internationally, and one of only 61 in the country with an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Public Protection Classification 1.
Only 13 fire departments in the country are both an ISO Class 1 department and recognized as an accredited agency; only three are metro-sized (populations over 500,000)