WHAT IS THE 10TH EDITION AND WHY IS IT HAPPENING?
In 2018, CPSE launched an effort to create the 10th Edition of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) model, building up on the extensive revision of the 9th Edition completed in 2015.
Upholding our commitment to continuous quality improvement, the process of creating the new Edition examined current and anticipated challenges faced by fire and emergency service agencies. The new model will ensure agencies seeking accreditation have a contemporary model for self-assessment that is consistent with current industry standards and community needs.
WHAT WAS THE REVIEW PROCESS LIKE? WHO WAS INVOLVED?
The highly collaborative development process of the 10th Edition involved numerous opportunities for input and feedback. The initiative began in November 2018 when CPSE partners and stakeholder organizations met to conduct an initial analysis of the 9th Edition and brainstorm enhancement opportunities. From there, a team of more than 60 volunteers comprised of subject matter experts examined the model and provided recommendations to make the 10th Edition better aligned with current and projected needs of departments worldwide. CPSE additionally hosted a 9th Edition feedback session during their annual Excellence Conference and conducted in-person meetings with 18 consortiums across the US and Canada, engaging 469 attendees to discuss needs for the new model.
Proposed revisions were included in a draft of the 10th Edition, which was surveyed through a public comment period with the fire and emergency services community.
The following figures quantify the reach of the industry-wide effort:
- 11 organizations represented during the initial stakeholder analysis meeting
- 60 fire and emergency services volunteers recruited
- 18 in-person consortium meetings held with 469 attendees
- 28 responses submitted for a total of 261 comments received in public comment period
WHAT ARE THE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MODEL?
- Minimization of redundancies and increased clarity of accreditation criteria
- Removal, revision, and addition of performance indicators and core competencies
- Addition of a new Category 11 dedicated to health and safety
- Addition of a new criterion for Category 9 that focuses on information technology
Timeline of 10th Edition Development Process
|Fall 2018||First call for volunteers (Closed)
Stakeholder Meeting (Report Available)
|Winter 2018-Spring 2019||Consortium Feedback Sessions (Completed)|
|Spring 2019||Second call for volunteers (Closed)|
|Summer 2019||Public comment period (Completed)|
|Winter 2019||The new model is approved and shared with active CFAI agencies (Completed)|
|Early 2020||Implementation begins with new publications and education offerings (Pending)|
|Spring 2022||Agencies are able to receive accreditation under the new model (Pending)|
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