The years-long accreditation process demonstrates to the community that the City’s Fire Department continually self-assesses, looks for opportunities for improvement, and is transparent and accountable through third-party verification and validation.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in this years-long process,” Fire Chief John Frando said. “From community stakeholders to Fire personnel, to the Risk Management Division, Human Resources Department, Water Resources Department and the City Manager’s Office, we share this accomplishment with everyone.
“But most importantly,” Chief Frando continued, “I want to recognize Deputy Chief Bill Ballard for taking on the lion’s share of this project. If not for his efforts in planning and follow through, as well as his commitment to presenting the most comprehensive and professional product possible, this may not have been achievable.”
“I want to offer my congratulations to our incredible Bakersfield Fire Department for this huge accomplishment,” City Manager Christian Clegg said. “This is a reflection of the dedication of the department’s leadership staff and the entire department.”
The Fire Department received its plaque from the CFAI on Wednesday, February 2. The accreditation status is valid for five years.