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The Commission on Fire Accreditation International granted the Olathe Fire Department “Accredited Agency Status.” There are about 160 accredited fire departments in the world and only three in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
“Accredited Agency Status affirms our commitment to the community,” said Olathe Fire Chief Jeff DeGraffenreid, Ed.D. “This continuous improvement process provides a well-defined system to measure the quality of Olathe’s emergency services.”
The CFAI accreditation model is a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables fire and emergency service organizations to examine service levels and performance, comparing them to industry best practices.
"This process embodies a pursuit of excellence within the fire industry; measure each and every aspect of your organization and benchmark your findings towards continuous quality improvement,” CFAI Chairman Allan Cain said. “We are seeing more and more organizations who meet these industry challenges and institutionalize the core values of accreditation into how their agencies are managed, and for that the Commission remains proud to refer to them as internationally accredited fire departments."
Olathe was one of 13 agencies to be accredited for the first time Aug. 1 and 2 in Denver.