The information in this notice supplements the November 2020 notice which detailed the 2021 CFAI Site Visit and Hearing Protocols.

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) met in September 2021 to discuss how best to proceed with site visits and hearings in 2022. CFAI considered the continued effect the pandemic is having on all of us worldwide, reviewed current travel and meeting practices, and evaluated impacts to our agencies, volunteers, and the accreditation process. The following decisions were made with an effective date of January 1, 2022:

  • CFAI hearings will return to being held in person. The first round of in-person hearings will be held in March 2022 in conjunction with the 2022 Excellence Conference in Orlando, FL. Information about the Summer 2022 hearings will be shared in the coming months.
  • Site visits will return to being held in person with the days for the site visit and the number of peer assessors determined based on an agency’s size and complexity.
  • CFAI understands each agency’s circumstances are unique and will consider requests for alternate hearing and/or site visit formats on a case-by-case basis. All requests regarding site visits and hearings must be forwarded to the CFAI Program Director, Karl Ristow for consideration by CFAI. CFAI will follow the 2021 procedures for site visits and hearings when considering requests. Those procedures can be accessed on the accreditation managers SharePoint site (Note: Memo Concerning Site Visits and Hearings through 2021).

We appreciate your continued engagement with CPSE and your commitment to continuous improvement.