Magazine article Public Management

CFAI and Ionia Department of Public Safety Share $801,579

Magazine article Public Management

CFAI and Ionia Department of Public Safety Share $801,579

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In February 2005, the U.S. Fire Administration announced a grant award of $801,579 to the Ionia, Michigan, Department of Public Safety and to the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), Inc., of Fairfax, Virginia. This grant program will continue to build and expand upon a 2004 grant awarded to CFAI and the Wilson, North Carolina, Fire and Rescue Services to develop a state-of-the-art, computer-simulation training program for fire inspectors nationwide.

CFAI is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission to promote excellence within the fire service through continuous quality improvement. CFAI achieves this mission through a variety of mediums, including two programs: agency accreditation and chief fire officer designation.

The Ionia Department of Public Safety is the smallest agency to achieve accreditation through CFAI. "I believe that this partnership and grant dollars enable us to keep on a path of continuous improvement," said Tom Wieczorek, city manager of Ionia. "It is a challenging path, but the CFAI helps by putting up the road signs; it is up to the individual agency to follow the path and make the improvements that enable forward movement. It is not an easy path but one that we chose to follow, and I believe it has made us a far better agency today. This ensures that we will be tomorrow."

The virtual-reality training program strives to improve fire safety in all commercial occupancies. This will help save children, the elderly, and firefighters nationwide by elevating the role, support, value, and effectiveness of fire inspections and building code enforcement programs. …

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