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Accreditation

Accreditation

The Palo Alto Fire Department is proud to have achieved accreditation by the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in August, 2018.  Less than one percent of fire departments nationwide have been accredited.

Fire service accreditation is a voluntary and challenging process designed to identify those fire departments that exceed industry benchmarks.  The process involves an extensive organizational self-assessment and external peer review of key performance indicators and core competencies that cover all aspects of emergency response, training procedures and documentation, equipment and facility readiness, administrative policies and practices, and emergency preparedness.  Less than one percent of fire departments have achieved accreditation by the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).  The Palo Alto Fire Department joined the ranks of the elite few after a unanimous commission vote on August 9.