The Naperville Fire Department has been recommended for International Accreditation.
Representatives from the Center for Public Safety Excellence spent a week reviewing the department.
To qualify, the fire department must meet more than 250 performance indicators such as response time, public education, training and budgeting.
“Going through accreditation allows me to do a lot more than just to say that we’re good, it proves that we’re good,” said Mark Puknaitis, Fire Chief for the City of Naperville. “We prove this by letting people come in, opening up everything that we do so that they can validate that what we say is correct and up to a Grade A standard that the citizens of the community deserve and have come to expect.”
If approved, this would be the fourth time since 1997 the fire department has received the honor, which is valid for five years.
Of the nearly 26,000 fire departments nationwide only 143 non-military departments are internationally accredited. Which would put Naperville in the top half percent.
The Center for Public Safety Excellence will review the recommendation at a convention in August.
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