MCFRS was awarded accredited status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International on August 9, 2018 and will remain in effect for a period of five years.
Why is this measure important?
This measure is important because MCFRS had to comply with all core competencies by FY18Q3 to become eligible for an on-site peer assessment during April 2018 and subsequent re-accreditation. Achieving accreditation status for the third consecutive time was an expectation of the Fire Chief, Chief Administrative Officer and County Executive.
Note: MCFRS was awarded accredited status by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International on August 9, 2018 and will remain in effect for a period of five years.
Factors contributing to current performance
• Leadership, oversight and technical knowledge/skills of the MCFRS Accreditation Manager (MCFRS contractor) during FY18 was instrumental in MCFRS meeting its accreditation compliance requirements; thus, allowing the department to once again achieve agency accredited status.
• The 86 core competencies associated with the 9th edition Fire and Emergency Services Self-Assessment Manual guidebook have all been met, as reported to CFAI.
Factors restricting performance improvement
- Part-time, contracted Accreditation Manager position during FY18 versus desired FTE position. The situation remains the same during FY19 and is anticipated for future fiscal years.
- No dedicated FTE assigned solely to accreditation management and maintenance duties; therefore, personnel must work on accreditation requirements as a collateral duty.
- Lack of technical writing expertise among a portion of the personnel having accreditation responsibilities.
Performance improvement plan
A performance improvement plan is not applicable. As MCFRS has met all 86 core competencies identified in the current (9th) edition of the Fire and Emergency Services Self-Assessment Manual guide, the next opportunity for new core competencies on which to focus efforts will not occur until the release of the 10th edition of the FESSAM guide (date to be determined). Until such time when new core competencies have been published, this headline measure is on hold - likely through FY21.