Slidell fire district earns international accreditation _lowres

Photo provided by St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 -- St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 recently received accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. This photo was taken at the CFAI conference in Orlando, Florida, in March. From left are Billy Dekemel, president of the Slidell Fire Fighters Association; Mark Waniewski, CEO of PMI Resource LLC; Dan Crowley, chairman of the Fire District No. 1 board; Fire Chief Chris Kaufmann; accreditation manager Michael Thiel; CFAI Chairman Steven Westermann; Chief of Administration Bobby Worchel; and Mike Stallings of CFAI.

St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 recently received accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International through its participation in the commission’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.

St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 is one of 200 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. It is the only municipal or volunteer fire agency in Louisiana holding this status.

The CFAI process is voluntary, and provides an agency with an improvement model to assess its service delivery and performance internally. Fire Chief Chris Kaufmann said that the agency’s accreditation “demonstrates the commitment of our Fire Department to provide the highest quality of service to our community.”

St. Tammany Fire District No. 1 started this process in 2007.

Accreditation manager Michael Thiel spent more than 2,000 hours preparing the documentation to complete the accreditation process.

For information about St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1, visit www.slidellfire.org.