The Greensboro Fire Department has once again won accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).

The GFD achieved accreditation by meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.

The GFD is one of more than 300 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. (CPSE).

This is the sixth consecutive occasion that the GFD has received this honor dating back to 1997 and the GFD is one of only three fire departments in the nation to receive the CPSE accreditation status six consecutive times.

Greensboro Fire Chief Jim Robinson and other members of the GFD met with the commission board in Denver last week to answer questions about the continuous improvement plans for the Fire Department.  Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba accompanied GFD personnel to Denver for the meeting to show his support for the GFD.  In fact, Jaiyeoba missed the Tuesday, Aug. 16 meeting of the Greensboro City Council because he was in Denver supporting the GFD.

CFAI accreditation is a comprehensive self-assessment and quality improvement model that enables fire departments to examine past, current and future service levels and internal performance.  Those results are then compared to current research and best practices. This process was developed to create more efficient and effective emergency service organizations.

The voters of Greensboro recently expressed their support for the GFD by overwhelmingly voting in favor of $14 million in Firefighting Facility Bonds.  Those bonds passed with 76 percent of the vote which was the highest vote total for any of the five bond packages on the ballot.

The city plans to use the $14 million in bond funds to improve and renovate four fire stations.