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.

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.

Rockford Fire Department hosted a QITA class facilitated by CPSE with 30 attendees from IL, IN, IA, WI and as far away a...
05/13/2019

Rockford Fire Department hosted a QITA class facilitated by CPSE with 30 attendees from IL, IN, IA, WI and as far away as WA! Thanks for the opportunity.

Health and safety, external agency collaboration, templates and guides – some of the main topics discussed by 20 atten...
05/10/2019

Health and safety, external agency collaboration, templates and guides – some of the main topics discussed by 20 attendees from 4 states during our visit to the Heart of America Consortium held in Lenexa, Kansas, to hear issues the #CFAI10 Edition should address. Next up: Canada!

Over 80 people, including CPSE Board Members Allan Cain, Lori Moore-Merrell and CFAI Commissioner Kevin Kuntz, took part...
05/09/2019

Over 80 people, including CPSE Board Members Allan Cain, Lori Moore-Merrell and CFAI Commissioner Kevin Kuntz, took part in the NFFF 17th Annual Truman Legacy Symposium and Fire Forum. This gathering of leaders looked back on what has been accomplished & plan for the future.

The CPSE Technical Advisor Team worked with the Hickory Fire Department (NC) facilitating their community driven strateg...
05/08/2019

The CPSE Technical Advisor Team worked with the Hickory Fire Department (NC) facilitating their community driven strategic plan, starting with a community meeting followed by three busy days as the department stakeholders plotted the future direction of their department.

A Quailty Improvement through Accreditation class was held in Gulfport, MS and attended by 17 students from Mississippi,...
05/07/2019

A Quailty Improvement through Accreditation class was held in Gulfport, MS and attended by 17 students from Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio and Florida. For more information on QITA, visit the CPSE university at www.university.cpse.org.

The North County Fire/EMS (WA) hosted a community driven strategic plan mtg. After meeting with members of the community...
05/06/2019

The North County Fire/EMS (WA) hosted a community driven strategic plan mtg. After meeting with members of the community, the department stakeholders worked on enhancing their mission and values, doing vigorous problem-spotting, and developing goals and objectives.

Congratulations to Denver, an accredited agency!
05/02/2019

Congratulations to Denver, an accredited agency!

The Denver Fire Department received the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award yesterday in Washington D.C.

The department is being recognized for its development of a comprehensive health and safety program. DFD Safety and Training program incorporates fitness, nutrition and behavioral health that can be tailored to the needs of each individual firefighter. The elements are integrated with the department’s safety and training program, beginning with the recruit level and continuing well into each firefighter’s career.

Greenville City Fire Department, in collaboration with Taylors Fire and Rescue, hosted a three day Quality Improvement T...
05/01/2019

Greenville City Fire Department, in collaboration with Taylors Fire and Rescue, hosted a three day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation workshop in Greenville, SC. Thirty-six fire service professionals from as far away as Washington State participated in this CPSE-facilitated program.

Create your account, or sign in, to take the poll at CPSE University and let us know what type of learning would be of v...
04/30/2019

Create your account, or sign in, to take the poll at CPSE University and let us know what type of learning would be of value to you! A) "On-the-go" microlearning B) Combination of distance and real time C) Virtual classroom. http://university.cpse.org

During the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Town Hall at CFSI’s Annual Symposium, CPSE Board President Allan Ca...
04/29/2019

During the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Town Hall at CFSI’s Annual Symposium, CPSE Board President Allan Cain, CFO, presented Ron Siarnicki, NFFF Executive Director, with a check for over $6400 raised during a fundraiser held at CPSE’s Annual Excellence Conference to support the important work of the foundation.

We had the privilege of visiting the Tennessee Consortium to have a dialogue and get feedback on the forthcoming #CFAI10...
04/26/2019

We had the privilege of visiting the Tennessee Consortium to have a dialogue and get feedback on the forthcoming #CFAI10 Edition. Topics included CRR, communicated value to the community and data-driven decision making. Next up: Kansas!

CPSE recently presented the three-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation (QITA) course hosted by the Houston Fire...
04/25/2019

CPSE recently presented the three-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation (QITA) course hosted by the Houston Fire Department for representatives from across the state of Texas. For more information on a QITA class coming to your area, visit www.university.cpse.org.

CPSE recently presented the three-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation (QITA) course hosted by the Houston Fire...
04/25/2019

CPSE recently presented the three-day Quality Improvement Through Accreditation (QITA) course hosted by the Houston Fire Department for representatives from across the state of Texas. For more information on a QITA class coming to your area, visit www.university.cpse.org.

Look what was waiting for the DLA-San Joaquin Peer Review team!
04/23/2019

Look what was waiting for the DLA-San Joaquin Peer Review team!

04/19/2019
Rockford Fire Department earns new certification

Rockford Fire Department (IL) FIre Maintenance Facility is now a Certified Fleet Management Operation provided by the Government Fleet Management Alliance following a rigorous review. Rockford FD is a CFAI Accredited Agency. Congratulations! http://rockrivertimes.com/2019/04/08/rockford-fire-department-earns-new-certification/

Staff Report ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Fire Department Fire Maintenance Facility is now recognized as a Certified Fleet Management Operation by the Government Fleet Management Alliance (GFMA). The Rockford Fire Department Fire Maintenance Facility is the first fire department in the nation to receive...

Emphasis on streamlining data and reducing redundancies in performance indicators – some of the main topics discussed ...
04/17/2019

Emphasis on streamlining data and reducing redundancies in performance indicators – some of the main topics discussed during our visit to the South Carolina Consortium and the South Carolina Firefighters Association to hear issues the #CFAI10 Edition should address. Next up: Tennessee!

04/16/2019
Cedar Rapids hires new fire chief

Greg Smith, CFO-2016, has been named the chief of the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. Chief Smith has been a member of the department for 14 years and holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration. Congratulations, Chief! https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/cedar-rapids-new-fire-chief-gregory-smith-20190405

CEDAR RAPIDS - Nearly seven months after the last chief's retirement, a longtime member of the Cedar Rapids Fire Department is taking the helm.

Greeley Fire Department - Greeley, Colorado has begun its pursuit of excellence with the facilitation of its community d...
04/12/2019

Greeley Fire Department - Greeley, Colorado has begun its pursuit of excellence with the facilitation of its community driven strategic plan with the CPSE Technical Advisor Program. Greeley understands that planning strategically will assist it in dealing with the various change aspects it is encountering. For more information on the CPSE TAP program, visit https://cpse.org/technical-advising/

We had the privilege of visiting the MI-OH-IN Consortium, hosted by the Indianapolis Fire Department, to have a dialogue...
04/11/2019

We had the privilege of visiting the MI-OH-IN Consortium, hosted by the Indianapolis Fire Department, to have a dialogue and get feedback on the forthcoming #CFAI10 Edition. Topics included emphasis on Interpretation Guide release timeline and a better crosswalk between old and new performance indicators. Next up: South Carolina!

Assistant Chief Rich Llewellyn (CFO-2014, CEMSO-2018) from the Everett Fire Department (WA) was awarded the 2018 Outstan...
04/10/2019
Assistant Everett Fire Chief Receives National Research Award | MYEVERETTNEWS.com

Assistant Chief Rich Llewellyn (CFO-2014, CEMSO-2018) from the Everett Fire Department (WA) was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Applied Research Award for his EFO research project. The research focused on using GIS to map opioid use in Spokane Valley. Congratulations, Chief! https://myeverettnews.com/2019/03/28/assistant-everett-fire-chief-receives-national-research-award/

Assistant Fire Chief Rich Llewellyn was recently awarded the 2018 Outstanding Applied Research Award for his Executive Fire Officer Applied Research Project (ARP). Llewellyn’s project, which he completed as part of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, was selected from mor...

Facilitate institutional continuity, increase value of accreditation for departments and communities, remove redundancie...
04/09/2019

Facilitate institutional continuity, increase value of accreditation for departments and communities, remove redundancies – some of the main topics discussed during our visit to the Texas Consortium in Houston to hear issues the #CFAI10 Edition should address. Next up: Indiana!

CPSE traveled to Saudi Arabia to deliver the QITA & CFAI Peer Assessor workshops to 22 members of Saudi Aramco Fire Serv...
04/08/2019

CPSE traveled to Saudi Arabia to deliver the QITA & CFAI Peer Assessor workshops to 22 members of Saudi Aramco Fire Service. Saudi Aramco is seeking accreditation for the first time and if successful would be the second gulf country and industry to be accredited. For more information on accreditation, visit www.cpse.org

Chief Kenneth Richards (CFO-2015) from the Old Mystic Fire Department (Official)  has been appointed to serve on the NFP...
04/04/2019
Old Mystic fire chief to serve on NFPA Standards Council

Chief Kenneth Richards (CFO-2015) from the Old Mystic Fire Department (Official) has been appointed to serve on the NFPA Standards Council. Congratulations, Chief! https://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/stonington/old-mystic-fire-chief-to-serve-on-nfpa-standards-council/article_541a6c0c-28c9-11e9-9da3-cb5ffbaeeecd.html

MYSTIC — Old Mystic Fire Chief Kenneth Richards Jr. has been appointed to serve on the National Fire Protection Association’s Standards Council, the highest U.S. authority overseeing firefighter standards and

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Fire Department in Texas has been awarded Air Education Training Command Fire Prevention o...
04/03/2019
The Fire Department continues to raise the bar.

The Goodfellow Air Force Base Fire Department in Texas has been awarded Air Education Training Command Fire Prevention of the Year in 2 of the past 3 years, and they attribute the playbook they have developed for accreditation as contributing to this recognition. http://ow.ly/h0RB30nIq6f

Goodfellow’s Fire Department has spent years of dedication on the goal of continuous improvement. Along the way, their hard work has been noticed at both Air Education Training Command and Air Force

The Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services is embarking on community driven strategic planning with the CPSE T...
04/02/2019

The Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services is embarking on community driven strategic planning with the CPSE Technical Advisor Program. Through facilitation, the department understands it challenges and develops the fix for the future. http://ow.ly/XsmR30nIoJT

Chief Scott Kujawa (CFO-2016, CTO-2019) has been named chief of the Washington Township Fire Department. Chief Kujawa ha...
04/01/2019
New Washington Twp. Fire Chief sworn-in

Chief Scott Kujawa (CFO-2016, CTO-2019) has been named chief of the Washington Township Fire Department. Chief Kujawa has had a 27-year career with the department...congratulations! http://ow.ly/XttO30o8mjF

Washington Township swore-in a new fire chief Monday night.Deputy Chief Scott Kujawa has been with the department for 27 years and says his time spent there will help him in his new role.

We had the privilege of meeting with the GA Consortium in Clayton County to have dialogue & feedback on the forthcoming ...
03/29/2019

We had the privilege of meeting with the GA Consortium in Clayton County to have dialogue & feedback on the forthcoming #CFAI10 Edition. Topics: increased community engagement, focus on personnel health/safety/wellness & streamlining of program appraisals. Next up: Texas!

Catch up on what happened at the 2019 Excellence Conference in the latest blog post from CPSE Corner! #CPSE2019EC www.cp...
03/28/2019

Catch up on what happened at the 2019 Excellence Conference in the latest blog post from CPSE Corner! #CPSE2019EC www.cpse.org/cpsecorner

Twenty-Four members of the Los Alamos County Fire Department received facilitation in the development on their Community...
03/27/2019

Twenty-Four members of the Los Alamos County Fire Department received facilitation in the development on their Community Risk Assessment-Standards of Cover, through the CPSE Technical Advisor Program. You can find more information on TAP at http://ow.ly/xug830o8mF2

Interoperability with other public safety/health agencies, holistic health, safety, wellness and increased stakeholder i...
03/26/2019

Interoperability with other public safety/health agencies, holistic health, safety, wellness and increased stakeholder input– some of the main topics discussed during our visit to the Northwest Consortium in Everett, Washington, to hear issues the #CFAI10 Edition should address. Next up: Georgia! https://cpse.org/accreditation/cfai10/

New designees from the Commission on Professional Credentialing! Total of 2256 credentialed officers - CFO:1363, FO:468,...
03/25/2019

New designees from the Commission on Professional Credentialing! Total of 2256 credentialed officers - CFO:1363, FO:468, FM:157, CEMSO:140, CTO:128. You can see the full list of all designees at http://www.cpse.org under the CREDENTIALING tab. Congratulations, everyone!

Do you know a deserving volunteer or career fire chief? CPSE is going to be submitting nominations to the IAFC/Pierce Ma...
03/22/2019

Do you know a deserving volunteer or career fire chief? CPSE is going to be submitting nominations to the IAFC/Pierce Manufacturing Fire Chief of the Year. More info and make your nomination at ow.ly/E8Vw30o8ljN by April 30!

Final #volunteer opportunity to help create the CFAI 10th Edition: Apply now help us update the latest model https://bit...
03/21/2019

Final #volunteer opportunity to help create the CFAI 10th Edition: Apply now help us update the latest model https://bit.ly/2VEfKdn #CFAI10

CPSE is looking for #volunteers like you to help update the CFAI 10th edition. Apply here: https://bit.ly/2VEfKdn #CFAI1...
03/20/2019

CPSE is looking for #volunteers like you to help update the CFAI 10th edition. Apply here: https://bit.ly/2VEfKdn #CFAI10

Interested in shaping the future of #fire and #emergency service? #Volunteer to help update the CFAI 10th Edition: https...
03/19/2019

Interested in shaping the future of #fire and #emergency service? #Volunteer to help update the CFAI 10th Edition: https://bit.ly/2VEfKdn #CFAI10

Calling volunteers! CPSE needs your input to update the CFAI 10th Edition. Apply now to ensure #accreditation continues ...
03/18/2019

Calling volunteers! CPSE needs your input to update the CFAI 10th Edition. Apply now to ensure #accreditation continues to help agencies improve: https://bit.ly/2VEfKdn #CFAI10

Chief James Maxon (CFO-2017) will be the new fire chief in Fountain, Colorado. Congratulations, Chief!
03/18/2019

Chief James Maxon (CFO-2017) will be the new fire chief in Fountain, Colorado. Congratulations, Chief!

03/15/2019

Celebrating a Decade of Transformation!

We had the privilege of meeting with 45 people from the DoD Consortium at #CPSE2019EC to have dialogue and feedback on t...
03/15/2019

We had the privilege of meeting with 45 people from the DoD Consortium at #CPSE2019EC to have dialogue and feedback on the forthcoming #CFAI10 Edition. Topics included technology access, health and safety. Next up: The Northwest Consortium!

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