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Fire & Rescue Accreditation

CFAI Accreditation LogoHilton Head Island Fire & Rescue achieved full accreditation status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) on August 22, 2007.

The CFAI is committed to assisting and improving fire and emergency service agencies around the world in achieving organizational and professional excellence through its strategic self-assessment model and accreditation process to provide continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service delivery to the community and the world at large.

The CFAI accreditation process provides a well-defined, internationally recognized benchmark system used to measure the delivery of fire and emergency services to the residents and visitors to Hilton Head Island.

Participating in the CFAI self assessment and accreditation process has the following advantages:

  • The process improves the ability of the fire department to readily recognize and understand potential fire risks, hazards and other emergency protection needs for the community;
  • The process provides a method for evaluating the current performance of the department and helps focus on areas where improvements are either needed or desired;
  • The process helps determining the fire departments need for up-to-date resources and emergency service delivery systems;
  • The process focuses on continued improvements to service delivery in order to enhance the quality of life in our community, and
  • The achievement of obtaining accreditation demonstrates to the public our commitment to excellence in service delivery and for continuous improvement of our agency.

As of June 1, 2011, there are only 137 accredited agencies worldwide, 132 accredited agencies in the United States and only 4 accredited agencies in South Carolina.