Denver Fire Department is Awarded International

Reaccreditation Status


Denver, CO – The Denver Fire Department (DFD) has earned Re-accreditation
Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI)
for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment
and accreditation program. Out of the thousands of fire departments nationally
and internationally, the DFD is one of only 308 agencies to have achieved this
status level 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 doing
so, departments can continue providing quality improvements and enhance
service to their communities. The CFAI process provides an agency with an
improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally
and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their
completed self-assessment.

As part of this process, the DFD satisfied more than 250 individual performance
indicators in 11 different categories. This means that DFD is following fire
service industry best practices and are good stewards of the city’s tax dollars.
Additionally, the department conducted a community risk assessment which
identifies the level of risk throughout the department’s response area, which is
then aligned with the standard of cover document that details how the department
plans to respond to all forms of emergencies within our community. Once these
studies are completed the documents are reviewed and verified by a peer
assessment team through a series of interviews and an on-site visit.

On average, it takes agencies approximately 2,000 hours preparing the required
accreditation documents and up to 13,000 hours addressing all things learned
from the self-assessment. According to CPSE, it generally takes 3-5 years to work
through the process to achieve accredited status. Denver Fire has been accredited
since 2018.

Our department has worked hard to keep our professional standing and we are
proud to serve the City of Denver as one of the best fire departments in the


This reaccreditation along with Denver Fire’s ISO 1 rating is a prestigious honor that
few fire departments in the nation have achieved. These designations ensure that
property owners in Denver continue to see lower insurance premiums due to the
preparation and professionalism of Denver Fire. Chief Fulton expressed his gratitude to
the members of Denver Fire saying, “I am extremely proud of our entire Denver Fire
family. This process has highlighted the great work that I see across the Denver Fire
Department every day. We will continue to align ourselves with national best practices
and strive to elevate our level of service to the citizens of Denver.”