We are acutely aware of the situation that has taken over our world and set some unprecedented realities for all of us. The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) recognizes there are many agencies unable to finalize documents and host site visits in time to make the August 2020 hearings in Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, many of our peer assessors are actively responding to COVID-19 and are unable to commit the time for travel or review of documents. Based on these facts, CPSE is cancelling the August 2020 Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) hearings cycle. Noted below is specific information about how this cancellation will affect your agency’s accreditation. Please note that other than date changes all existing CFAI policies and procedures related to accreditation documents, peer team recommendations, and commission decisions will still apply.

August 2020 Agencies

  • Hearings: All agencies scheduled to appear before CFAI in August 2020 will now appear before CFAI in March 2021. The March 2021 CFAI hearings are scheduled to be held in conjunction with the CPSE Excellence Conference in Orlando, FL the week of 1 March 2021.
  • Document Review: If you have already uploaded documents, the peer team will review as they and you have time. If you have not yet uploaded documents, you will have until 30 September 2020 to do so.
  • Site Visits: Following approval of documents, site visits must be completed by the week of 11 January 2021. We encourage you to schedule these as early as possible with the peer team once travel restrictions are lifted.
  • Extensions: Agencies needing additional time, beyond the 30 September 2020 upload date, must follow the policy for extensions outlined in the CFAI Policy and Procedures manual.
  • Accreditation Date: Agencies appearing before CFAI in March 2021 will have their accreditation date changed from August to March moving forward.
  • ACR: Your next ACR will be due 15 February 2022.

March 2021 Agencies

  • Hearings: All agencies scheduled to appear before CFAI in March 2021 will now appear before CFAI in July 2021. The July 2021 CFAI hearings are scheduled to be held in conjunction with Fire Rescue International in Charlotte, NC the week of 26 July 2021.
  • Document Review: You are asked to upload final documents by 15 March 2021 for the peer team to start their review.
  • Site Visits: Following approval of documents, site visits must be completed by the week of 24 May 2021. We encourage you to schedule these as early as possible with the peer team.
  • Extensions: Agencies needing additional time, beyond the 15 March 2021 upload date, must follow the policy for extensions outlined in the CFAI Policy and Procedures manual.
  • Accreditation Date: Agencies appearing before CFAI in July 2021 will have their accreditation date changed to from March to August cycle moving forward.
  • ACR: Your next ACR will be due 15 July 2022.

July 2021 Agencies

July 2021 agencies are encouraged to still appear before CFAI the week of 26 July 2021. In order to do so, documents must be uploaded by 15 March 2021 and site visits must be complete by the week of 24 May 2021. In consideration of the impact COVID-19 is having on your agency, we are offering an alternative.

  • Hearings: All agencies scheduled to appear before CFAI in July 2021 may take advantage of an extension to appear before CFAI at an additional set of hearings to be scheduled for December 2021 to accommodate these changes. More details will be coming out on these hearings in the near future.
  • Document Review: If you wish to take advantage of the third hearing date, you are asked to upload final documents by 1 July 2021 for the peer team to start their review.
  • Site Visits: Following approval of documents, all site visits must be completed by the week of 25 October 2021. We encourage you to schedule these as early as possible with the peer team.
  • Extensions: Agencies needing additional time, beyond the 1 July 2021 upload date, must follow the policy for extensions in the CFAI Policy and Procedures manual.
  • Accreditation Date: Agencies appearing before CFAI in December 2021 will maintain their August accreditation date and therefore there is no change to your ACR due date.

Current Applicant Agencies

All current applicant agencies will be provided an automatic one-year extension of your status. This extension will not impact your ability to seek further extensions, if needed. We recommend you contact Karl Ristow, CFAI Program Director to understand how this extension fits in with the new hearing dates being established.

March 2022 Agencies and the 10th Edition Implementation

The implementation date for the CFAI 10th edition remains unchanged. Agencies appearing before CFAI in March 2022 will be accredited under the 10th edition. These agencies are required to upload accreditation documents based on the 10th edition no later than September 30, 2021.

Matrix

Below is a matrix to help guide you through the changes:

CFAI Hearing Timeline Changes

Agencies originally Scheduled for: August 2020 March 2021 July 2021 **
Extended to: March 2021 July 2021 December 2021
       
Final Document Upload Dates: 30-Sep-2020 15-Mar-2021 1-Jul-2021
       
Accreditation Date Modified: Yes Yes Yes
       
Site Visit Deadline: Week of 11 January 2021 Week of 24 May 2021 Week of 25 October 2021
       
Hearing Date: March 2021 July 2021 Before 15 December 2021
       
ACR Dates: 15 February each year 15 July each year 15 July each year

** – This column is optional for the July 2021 agencies