Accreditation Process Highlights District Efficiency In Providing Quality Service

The O’Fallon Fire Protection District (OFPD) has been accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) for the third time.

The District was the first one in the state to receive the designation in 2007. There are now six agencies in Missouri and 234 nationally that are accredited.

According to the CPSE, the three-year process of accreditation involved determining the risk and safety needs of the community, evaluating the district’s performance and establishing methods for achieving continuous improvement.

“This our third time going through the process and we have learned that it gives us a good picture of the overall state of the District. It is invaluable in making sure we are providing quality emergency services to our community and encourages us to continually improve,” OFPD Chief Tom Vineyard says.

During the evaluation process District leadership reviews data and strategic plans for all aspects of the organization including emergency response, equipment and facilities, operations and training. The CPSE accreditation process is internationally recognized as a benchmark system to measure the quality of fire and emergency services.