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Bellevue Fire Department receives re-accreditation
The Bellevue Fire Departments has received re-accreditation by the Center for Public Safety. Bellevue Fire Chief Michael Eisner and Battalion Chief Bruce Kroon accepted the re-accreditation while attending the International Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Chicago.
“Accreditation is an essential tool for improving upon the high level of performance established by the Bellevue Fire Department,” said Acting City Manager Brad Miyake. “It ensures that the public is getting great value for their tax dollars in the form of quality services.”
Bellevue Fire was first accredited in 1998 and was one of only 8 departments at the time in the nation to receive this prestigious recognition. This process embodies a pursuit of excellence within the fire industry; CPSE measures each and every aspect of an organization and benchmarks those findings towards continuous quality improvement.
The center's accreditation program reflects a comprehensive self-assessment and evaluation model that enables fire and emergency service organizations to examine their service levels and performance in a way that allows them to compare to industry best practices.
Currently there are only 171 fire departments that are accredited. Bellevue Fire Department is one of four departments in the state of Washington to receive the award.
The re-accreditation from CPSE is the third for the Bellevue Fire Department and is one of several city of Bellevue departments that have been accredited by nationally recognized, professional organizations.