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The Davenport Fire Department is an Accredited Agency with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The Department is one of only 301 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE). Accreditation demonstrates the commitment of our agency to provide the highest quality of service to our community and serves as a planning mechanism for the future.

Benefits of accreditation and self-assessment include:
  • Assure colleagues and the public that the department has definite missions and objectives that are appropriate for the City
  • Provide a detailed evaluation of the services the department provides to the City
  • Identifies areas of strength and weakness within the department
  • Creates methods and/or systems for addressing deficiencies while building organizational success
  • Encourages professional growth for both the department and personnel
  • Provides a forum for communication of organizational priorities
  • Foster national recognition for the department by its colleagues and the public
  • Creates a mechanism for developing strategic and program action plans
  • Encourages quality improvement through a continuous self-assessment of the departments processes and programs
  • Helps to justify the departments programs and budgetary needs through performance measurements established by CFAI
  • Identifies potential risks inside the City and enables the department to effectively mitigate emergencies with appropriate resources

Accreditation is an ongoing process and not a project; it is based upon continuous improvement of the department. The Accreditation status is for five years and the department will have to renew its status in 2016. As part of the process an external peer assessment team conducts a site visit to validate the department's self-assessment. The external peer assessment team compiles a report that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the department.