Summit Fire honored with professional accreditation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence |

Summit Fire honored with professional accreditation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence

From left: Peer-review team leader Steve Olson, Summit Fire deputy chief Bruce Farrell, accreditation manager captain Brian Schenking, chief Jeff Berino, board president Jim Cox, board treasurer Lori Miller and Commission on Fire Accreditation International chairman Steve Dongworth pose with the accreditation plague symbolizing Summit Fire's commitment to continual improvement in all areas.
Courtesy Summit Fire & EMS

Summit Fire & EMS was awarded professional accreditation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence last week, an international certification signaling the department’s commitment to document, assess and improve operations. “This recognition is the result of a long-running effort to chronicle and measure our work against industry standards and best practices, and it means that our community can be assured that Summit Fire maintains the highest levels of professionalism,” said Summit Fire chief Jeff Berino. “I’m immensely proud of the work by every member of our department that has gone into gaining this certification.”

The designation was awarded in Anaheim, Calif., by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International following a three-day site visit in November and more than two years of documentation, analysis and review of department policies and actions. Summit Fire is one of 258 other agencies to receive the accreditation internationally, and one of 16 in Colorado.

To receive accreditation departments must show a model of continued improvement in areas such as governance and administration, assessment and planning, goals and objectives, financial resources, programs, physical resources, human resources, training and competency, essential resources and external systems relationships.

“The process of accreditation enlisted every member of Summit Fire & EMS and has prompted us to examine our work and consider every aspect of what we do to ensure competence and reliability,” said Brian Schenking, a Summit Fire captain who has served as the department’s accreditation manager for the last two years. “This effort is making us a better-run, higher-performing agency.”

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