Implementation of Self-Assessment and Accreditation in the U. S. Marine Corps Fire Service [open pdf - 166KB]
"The U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) recently agreed to adopt the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Self-Assessment & Accreditation Program (CFAI program) as a measure of merit for DoD fire departments. While two of the DoD Components have started implementing the program, the U. S. Marine Corps has not yet evaluated the U. S. Marine Corps Fire Service support for the CFAI program. Therefore, the problem prompting this research was the failure of the U. S. Marine Corps Fire Protection Program Office to assess the organizational support for the CFAI program and to identify any potential destabilizing forces that could affect the implementation of the program. The purpose of this research was to determine the current organizational support for the CFAI program and to identify the potential destabilizing forces that may affect implementation by the U. S. Marine Corps Fire Service. Evaluative research methods were used to answer the following research questions: 1. Does the literature support the CFAI program as an effective method to measure fire and emergency services? 2. What is the experience of other DoD fire departments that have implemented the CFAI program? 3. Will U. S. Marine Corps Fire Service personnel support implementation of the CFAI program? 4. What are the U. S. Marine Corps Fire Service organizational concerns affecting the implementation of the CFAI program? 5. What is the best strategy for implementing the CFAI program within the U. S. Marine Corps Fire Service?"
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/