Bradenton Fire Department wins reaccreditation

BRADENTON - The Bradenton Fire Department has been awarded reaccredited status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, making it one of a handful of fire departments in the world with this distinction.

CFAI commissioners and board members approved the reaccreditation status following teleconference Aug. , with Chief Mark Souders and Program Administrator Rebecca Pilsbury, the department's accreditation manager. The purpose of the teleconference was to review findings compiled by accreditation peer assessors during their visit in May.

This status is valid for five years, provided that Annual Compliance Reports are submitted as prescribed by CFAI policy.

According to Pilsbury, accreditation is a process by which an association or agency evaluates and is recognized as meeting certain predetermined standards. Fire department accreditation provides an in-depth process of self-assessment with methods for determining and analyzing community risks, needs, and agency performance in service delivery. The CFAI has been developing standards for continuous improvements in fire service for more than 20 years. In 2004, the Bradenton Fire Department became one the first 100 agencies to attain accreditation.

Currently, there are only 135 fire service agencies in the world with this designation.

Chief Souders credits agency success to the dedication of all personnel, especially Program Administrator Rebecca Pilsbury, Deputy Chief Chuck Edwards, Deputy Chief David Ezell, Fire Marshal Ken Langston, Training Officer Tom Woods, Captain Glenn Hudson, Battalion Chief Dan Harris, and volunteer Larry Covins.

"Additionally, all department personnel have consistently ensured that we have continuously improved our services which ultimately contributed in this reaccreditation," he said. "This milestone is an example of the quality, professionalism, and dedication of the men and women of the Bradenton Fire Department."