The Commission on Fire Accreditation International awarded the Union Township Fire Department its first Accredited Agency Status in August 2004. Since the initial Accreditation, the department has continued to meet the commission's goals and strive for excellence through continual quality improvement.
Complying with hundreds of comprehensive criteria is an evolving process throughout the five-year accreditation cycle. The Accreditation Manager must compile Annual Compliance Reports that address the progress the department is making toward meeting the recommendations the Site Visit Team recommended during the site visit. After the five-year accreditation cycle, a new set of documents are prepared and reviewed by a new site visit team during a multi-day comprehensive on-site review. Once the site visit team has completed its review and the documents have been forwarded to the Commission, the department must testify before the Board of Directors to obtain final approval as an Accredited Agency.
Union Township is proud to be one of 308 Accredited Agencies worldwide. While Union Township is honored to be a part of this elite group of fire agencies, the primary benefit of being an Accredited Agency is the commitment by the department to provide continual quality service to the community. The model of continual quality improvement that the accreditation process is based upon works hand in hand with Union Township's mission to "Exceed Expectations."