Center for Public Safety Excellence

Center for Public Safety Excellence Not-for-profit organization that accredits the continuous improvement of services delivered by first responder agencies and credentials emergency services officers
CPSE was started in 1996 as an independent organization from a collaboration of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) as a vehicle to measure and recognize outstanding service delivery by local first responder agencies. In 2001 the mission expanded to include recognition of senior fire service personnel.
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Through a detailed self-assessment process, first responder agencies detail their delivery of vital services. Peer assessors then visit the department and confirm the self-assessment documention. Successful evaluation leads to international recognition as an Accredited Agency.

Mission: CPSE promotes the continuous improvement of fire and emergency service agencies that serve communities worldwide by providing training and career resource information.

CPSE Corner - A Decade in Review. Revisit some of the milestones of the past 10 years and see how CPSE has grown and imp...
01/27/2020

CPSE Corner - A Decade in Review. Revisit some of the milestones of the past 10 years and see how CPSE has grown and improved. http://ow.ly/iKIQ50y43Li

CPSE recently presented the three-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class hosted by the Iona McGregor Fire D...
01/24/2020

CPSE recently presented the three-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class hosted by the Iona McGregor Fire District in Ft Myers, FL. 32 students from New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida participated. Thanks for having us there!

Thank you to International Association of Fire Fighters  for inviting CPSE to present at the IAFF Affiliate Leadership T...
01/22/2020

Thank you to International Association of Fire Fighters for inviting CPSE to present at the IAFF Affiliate Leadership Training Summit on the benefits of accreditation and credentialing.

The Perrysburg Fire Division held a CPSE Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class that brought together 18 studen...
01/21/2020

The Perrysburg Fire Division held a CPSE Quality Improvement Through Accreditation class that brought together 18 students from Ohio, Texas and New York. Thanks for hosting!

CPSE University and the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department hosted a Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop this w...
01/16/2020

CPSE University and the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department hosted a Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop this week that saw 38 students from Washington and Montana. Thanks for hosting!

The CPSE Commission on Fire Accreditation International welcomes Mr. Thomas Breyer from the International Association of...
01/15/2020

The CPSE Commission on Fire Accreditation International welcomes Mr. Thomas Breyer from the International Association of Fire Fighters as its newest commissioner. Congratulations! http://ow.ly/ycB450xVccd

T. Pierre Brewton (CFO-2013) has been named as the new fire chief of the Albemarle (NC) Fire Department and will be swor...
01/13/2020
Albemarle hires new fire chief - The Stanly News & Press

T. Pierre Brewton (CFO-2013) has been named as the new fire chief of the Albemarle (NC) Fire Department and will be sworn in on January 21. Congratulations, Chief! https://www.thesnaponline.com/2019/12/19/albemarle-hires-new-fire-chief/

The city of Albemarle has named T. Pierre Brewton as its new fire chief. Brewton, who spent 33 years with the Spartanburg (S.C.) Fire Department, will begin his duties Jan. 21. He will fill the vacancy created when Shawn Oke retired at the end of May after nine years as chief. Ernie Hiers, who previ...

Congratulations to CPSE Accredited Agency Sioux Falls Fire Rescue for being selected as a recipient of the Senator Paul ...
01/09/2020
Three Fire Departments Selected as Recipients of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award - Congressional Fire Services Institute

Congratulations to CPSE Accredited Agency Sioux Falls Fire Rescue for being selected as a recipient of the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award from the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation! https://www.cfsi.org/three-fire-departments-selected-as-recipients-of-the-senator-paul-s-sarbanes-fire-service-safety-leadership-award/

The Congressional Fire Services Institute and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have selected Sioux Falls (SD) Fire Rescue, the Clayton (DE) Fire Company, and the Prince George’s County (MD) Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department as the recipients of the 2020 Senator Paul S. Sarbanes...

We are excited to announce the Keynote for our 2020 Excellence Conference: Rowena Alegría, Denver's Chief Storyteller.On...
01/08/2020

We are excited to announce the Keynote for our 2020 Excellence Conference: Rowena Alegría, Denver's Chief Storyteller.

One of the emerging leaders in this space, in early 2019 Ms. Alegría became Denver's first-ever Chief Storyteller. Focused on community engagement, Rowena is founder and director of both the Denver Office of Storytelling and the citywide storytelling project I Am Denver. She is a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts Fellow, a 2019 Vermont Studio Center Fellow and a 2018 Writing by Writers Fellow. Rowena is a career journalist, communications executive and speech writer. She is currently writing a novel that plays with form and the history of the Southwest. https://cpse.org/conference/sessions/

The CPSE Board of Directors welcomed two new members this month: Chief Joseph Fernandez, CFO,  representing the IAFC - I...
01/06/2020

The CPSE Board of Directors welcomed two new members this month: Chief Joseph Fernandez, CFO, representing the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Mr. Jim Brinkley, representing the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Read more at https://cpse.org/2020/01/06/cpse-board-welcomes-new-members/

New designees from the Commission on Professional Credentialing! Total of 2,388 credentialed officers - CFO:1427, FO:507...
12/20/2019

New designees from the Commission on Professional Credentialing! Total of 2,388 credentialed officers - CFO:1427, FO:507, FM:166, CEMSO:147, CTO:141. You can see the full list of all designees at cpse.org under the CREDENTIALING tab. Congratulations, everyone!

After a year-long effort from the fire and emergency services community to review and propose revisions to the previous ...
12/19/2019

After a year-long effort from the fire and emergency services community to review and propose revisions to the previous CFAI model, CPSE’s board of directors have approved the completed 10th Edition. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to help develop this new model to improve outcomes for fire and emergency services agencies worldwide. Look for updated publications and training in 2020. #CFAI10 http://ow.ly/62OG50xEpNh

Fort Knox Fire Department in Kentucky hosted a Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop with 25 students from ...
12/19/2019

Fort Knox Fire Department in Kentucky hosted a Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop with 25 students from 9 different DoD agencies. Thanks for hosting and inviting us!

This week members of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and their technical reviewers are at CPSE HQ to ...
12/12/2019

This week members of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and their technical reviewers are at CPSE HQ to collaboratively redesign the accreditation report. Thanks to all that contributed input for the redesign. Look for the new condensed format in mid-2020.

In September, CPSE University held our first Brunch & Learn Series. Over 300 professionals joined the webinar training t...
12/10/2019

In September, CPSE University held our first Brunch & Learn Series. Over 300 professionals joined the webinar training to learn more about our credentialing program. What other topics would you like to see? Help us develop the next series, comment below and let us know!

The Vista Fire Department, California, a CFAI accredited agency, hosted a community-driven strategic planning process fa...
12/06/2019

The Vista Fire Department, California, a CFAI accredited agency, hosted a community-driven strategic planning process facilitated by the CPSE Technical Advisor Program. 25 agency stakeholders used community feedback to formulate their latest roadmap for change.

Multiple members of the CPSE community took part in the inaugural meeting of the Fire Service Analyst ProQual standard t...
12/05/2019

Multiple members of the CPSE community took part in the inaugural meeting of the Fire Service Analyst ProQual standard technical committee at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) . CPSE, along with U.S. Fire Administration, submitted the standard request and CPSE CEO, Preet Bassi, is honored to be chairing the committee.

Dan Munsey, CFO-2019, has been named fire chief for  San Bernardino County Fire. With the district since 2005, he most r...
11/26/2019
Dan Munsey Appointed New San Bernardino County Fire Chief - InlandEmpire.us

Dan Munsey, CFO-2019, has been named fire chief for San Bernardino County Fire. With the district since 2005, he most recently served as Assistant Chief in charge of ops for the High Desert Region. Congratulations, Chief! http://ow.ly/QHaq50xjQ9K

Assistant County Fire Chief Dan Munsey will serve as the new Fire Chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District effective immediately following his appointment by County Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride, with concurrence from the Board of Supervisors.

The Hoover Fire Department in Alabama hosted 33 community members  and 22 department stakeholders to work on developing ...
11/21/2019

The Hoover Fire Department in Alabama hosted 33 community members and 22 department stakeholders to work on developing a community-driven strategic plan to create a roadmap for change with the assistance of the CPSE Technical Advisor Program.

The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department  in North Carolina hosted a CPSE Quality Improvement Through Accreditation worksh...
11/19/2019

The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department in North Carolina hosted a CPSE Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop for 30 students from North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Just a month left to submit your nominations for the Ray Picard Award and the Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy Award...
11/18/2019

Just a month left to submit your nominations for the Ray Picard Award and the Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy Award! Learn more and download nomination forms at http://ow.ly/LIDP50xb7MF

A Community Driven Strategic Plan meeting at Georgetown Texas Fire Department was facilitated by CPSE. There were 23 age...
11/14/2019

A Community Driven Strategic Plan meeting at Georgetown Texas Fire Department was facilitated by CPSE. There were 23 agency members representing all the division and program areas of the department working through the process. Thank you for the opportunity!

The Covington Fire Department, Georgia, hosted a 3-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop for 30 fire se...
11/13/2019

The Covington Fire Department, Georgia, hosted a 3-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop for 30 fire service professionals from as far away as Washington. Thank you for the opportunity!

Twelve people attended a CPSE Quality Improvement through Accreditation class in Windsor, Ontario, Canada hosted by the ...
11/12/2019

Twelve people attended a CPSE Quality Improvement through Accreditation class in Windsor, Ontario, Canada hosted by the Windsor Fire and Rescue Services hosted the class. Thank you for making this happen!

The Beverly Hills Fire Department in California has embarked on the development of its community driven strategic plan f...
11/07/2019

The Beverly Hills Fire Department in California has embarked on the development of its community driven strategic plan facilitate by the CPSE Technical Advisor Program. After meeting with community members, 28 department stakeholders worked to create a roadmap for change.

Chief Eric Thompson will become the new fire chief in January of the Medford Fire-Rescue Department in Oregon. Chief Tho...
11/06/2019

Chief Eric Thompson will become the new fire chief in January of the Medford Fire-Rescue Department in Oregon. Chief Thompson was named the 2019 Texas Fire Chief of the Year and earned his CFO in 2016. Congratulations, Chief! http://ow.ly/XUHW50wXJ36

CPSE’s CEO, Preet Bassi, along with CFAI Coordinator, Steve Olson, presented to a packed room on how CPSE can help depar...
10/24/2019

CPSE’s CEO, Preet Bassi, along with CFAI Coordinator, Steve Olson, presented to a packed room on how CPSE can help departments and officers seeking excellence during the 69th Annual Illinois Fire Chiefs Association Conference held in Peoria, IL.

Part of CPSE’s leadership team is attending #ICMA2019 in Nashville this week. Board Vice President Jeff Pomeranz, CEO Pr...
10/23/2019

Part of CPSE’s leadership team is attending #ICMA2019 in Nashville this week. Board Vice President Jeff Pomeranz, CEO Preet Bassi, Board President Allan Cain, and Board Member Tom Harmer are helping out at the CPSE Booth.

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