The Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department has received Internationally Accredited Agency status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the accreditation program. Brentwood Fire & Rescue is one of only 250 agencies worldwide to achieve this status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE), and one of only six in Tennessee. The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department was initially accredited in 2014 and reaccredited this year.
CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.
Brentwood Fire Chief Brian Goss stated that the agency’s achievement of Accredited Agency status “demonstrates the commitment of the agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community.” Goss also said, “We have also been able to use the Commission on Fire Accreditation International’s process as a proactive approach to plan for the future and locate areas to improve on the quality of the services we provide, including the construction of a future fire station in the southeast quadrant of the City.”
In order to maintain accredited agency status, the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department must submit annual compliance reports to the CPSE and undergo a re-assessment every five years. Chief Goss said, “this achievement would not be possible without the support of the City Commission and City Manager, as well as the diligent efforts of key stakeholders from within the organization including Accreditation Managers Lieutenant Derek Hyde and Battalion Chief Brian Collins.”
Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little recognized that “Agency accreditation is a voluntary process, but in return, we have a better-run, higher-performing agency. This international recognition of achievement means Brentwood Fire and Rescue performs to industry best practices and holds itself accountable through an external peer review. We couldn’t be prouder of having the staff of men and women in Brentwood.”