An international accreditation agency tasked with grading fire departments from around the world for safety and how effectively they serve their community has recommended that the Los Alamos Fire Department be reaccredited.
LAFD is one of only 207 departments out of 35,000 in the United States that’s been granted the accreditation, which is performed by the The Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission of Fire Accreditation International. The department is also the only one accredited by the CFAI in the state of New Mexico.
According to CFAI Assessor Gary Aleshire, their process is so rigorous and extensive, it’s an accomplishment just to get an on-site visit.
“There’s 78 core competencies that have to be met before we can even consider doing an on-site visit,” he said.
LAFD Deputy Chief Justin Grider said the approval means many things to the LAFD.