The Loveland-Symmes Fire Department has received accredited agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, reports cincinnati.com.
The accreditation means LSFD has met the criteria established by CFAI to deliver the highest quality of service to the communities it serves. After nearly two years of self-assessment and evaluation by other agencies and firefighting peers, LSFD achieved full accredited status for fire services with CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Already accredited for EMS, this gives LSFD a rare dual accreditation.
“It’s a really big thing,” Chief Otto Huber said. “Only 17 departments in the world have dual accreditation. It is exceptional that ‘small-town’ Loveland, Ohio, is able to achieve this accreditation.”
There is a strategic plan; a rhyme and reason for everything the fire department does. The process of becoming accredited requires the department to look at every aspect of the organization. It is not just the service they provide on the street, but how the department is organized, funded, how they work with outside agencies, and those relationships. They don’t just send somebody out on a fire truck hoping the job gets done.
“We exist because there is a risk; there’s a risk in this community,” Huber said.
In some communities the risk is higher, some lower, but in Loveland there is a high risk, at any given moment, that EMS services will be required. The risk of fire is lower. That information comes from risk analysis based upon what has happened in the past, the community demographics, and the risk profile for Loveland and Symmes Township.
Why is that important to the residents of the community? Understanding the risk determines the level of service necessary. Here, that means knowing there is a much higher level of EMS needed than fire response. Billy Goldfeder, LSFD deputy safety chief, says it is a commitment to being “truly good stewards of the taxpayer dollar.”
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