The Detroit Arsenal Fire Department in Warren, Mich. has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. The Detroit Arsenal is one of more than 250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc.CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation, in order to provide continuous quality improvement and enhanced service delivery to their communities.“This achievement is not possible without the complete involvement of the agency from the most junior firefighter to senior leadership,” said Acting Fire Chief Martin Potter. “The accreditation status is the culmination of years of hard work and validates how the USAG Detroit Arsenal Fire & Emergency Services performs its mission.”The CFAI process is voluntary and provides the fire department with an improvement model to internally assess their service delivery and performance. Our fire department worked with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment. They also performed a review of 10 categories and 280 performance indicators which were validated by a thorough review from the peer assessment team. The peer assessment team then completed a report and submitted it to the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Board of Commissioners. The fire department then went before the commission for final validation and approval of accreditation.The Detroit Arsenal Fire Department started the process in 2015 when they attended a training seminar in Quality Improvement Through Accreditation. After assigning an Accreditation Manager to oversee the process, the fire department authored a five year strategic plan and Standards of Cover/Community Risk Assessment document.Some of the benefits of obtaining a CFAI Accreditation are establishing a culture of continuous self-improvement within the agency and showing the community that the fire department is performing to industry best practices and holding itself accountable.