On August 13, 2008, the Iowa City Fire Department (ICFD) was unanimously awarded Accredited Agency Status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) at the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission hearings in Denver, Colorado. The ICFD is one of only 128 agencies worldwide to obtain CFAI Accredited Agency Status. Retired Iowa City Fire Chief Andrew J. Rocca, who was chief at the time of accreditation, credits the department's professionalism and the City of Iowa City for this achievement. "Achieving accredited agency status demonstrates the City's commitment to provide progressive, high quality emergency and preventive services to our community.“
The award of accredited status culminates 11 years of rigorous preparation by the entire fire staff and scrutiny by the ICFD accreditation team. In March 2008, a team of fire service professionals recommended accredited agency status for the ICFD following a four-day site visit to Iowa City fire stations. The site visit, conducted by peer assessors from three states and one Canadian province, confirmed the ICFD met all criteria established through the CFAI's voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The evaluation process included verification and validation of programs and services provided by the department, and in-depth reviews of city and ICFD policies, principles, and practices.
The goal of the CFAI 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.
Goal progress: Eleven of the original 18 Strategic Plan goals have been completed or substantially completed. All nine of the addendum goals have been completed or substantially completed.
Accreditation status is for a five year period. As part of the accreditation process, a report was given to the department listing strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations for continuous improvement. The department is now tasked with prioritizing the task list and reporting on progress and/or obstacles to achievement. Annual compliance reports are required, and the accreditation process begins again in five years.
From left: Battalion Chief Jim Humston, Dwaine Booth (CFAI Team Leader), Fire Chief Andrew J. Rocca, Deputy Fire Chief Roger W. Jensen, accepting the award.