Loveland fire accredited by international board

By Pamela Johnson

Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority was accredited Friday by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International — the culmination of two and a half years of work.

Chief Mark Miller said the honor speaks to the “commitment, compassion and courage” of the men and women of the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, who all had a hand in reaching that accomplishment.

“It took the whole organization to get to this point,” Miller said Friday shortly after the department joined only 235 fire agencies worldwide with the achievement. “It’s an all hands on sort of thing.”

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority leaders were awarded a plaque showing accreditation Friday from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International during a visit to North Carolina. Pictured, from left, are retired Fire Chief Randy Mirowski, Lt. Dan Englehardt, Fire Chief Mark Miller, former Loveland Lt. Ty Drage and Jeff Swanty, chair of the fire authority board, all who had a hand in reaching accreditation during the more than two-year process. (Submitted by Loveland Fire Rescue Authority)

The process to reach accreditation involved an intensive review, written and through a site visit, of every policy and procedure of the department covering everything from dispatch to service time.

“It’s a third-party evaluation or your organization from top to bottom by your peers, said Miller, who along with other department leaders answered questions from nine commissioners from across the country during a visit to North Carolina. This was the last step in the accreditation process.

The panel of public safety professionals voted unanimously…

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