Center for Public Safety Excellence

Center for Public Safety Excellence Not-for-profit organization that accredits the continuous improvement of services
delivered by first responder agencies and credentials emergency services officers

CPSE was started in 1996 as an independent organization from a collaboration
of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International
City/County Managers Association (ICMA) as a vehicle to measure and recognize
outstanding service delivery by local first responder agencies. In 2001 the mission expanded to
include recognition of senior fire service personnel.

CPSE was started in 1996 as an independent organization from a collaboration
of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the International
City/County Managers Association (ICMA) as a vehicle to measure and recognize
outstanding service delivery by local first responder agencies. In 2001 the mission expanded to
include recognition of senior fire service personnel.

Operating as usual

CPC Chair Derek Bergsten, CFO/CEMSO/CTO, and Steve Olson, CFO, traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with fire service offici...
11/04/2021

CPC Chair Derek Bergsten, CFO/CEMSO/CTO, and Steve Olson, CFO, traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with fire service officials with Saudi Aramco recently to review documents and provide input before the peer team arrives for a site visit in early December.

The Rocky Mountain Accreditation and Professional Credentialing Consortium recently held a meeting, both virtually and i...
11/02/2021

The Rocky Mountain Accreditation and Professional Credentialing Consortium recently held a meeting, both virtually and in-person, in conjunction with the Colorado Fire Chief's Fire Leadership Challenge Conferene in Keystone, Colorado.

The Rocky Mountain Accreditation and Professional Credentialing Consortium recently held a meeting, both virtually and in-person, in conjunction with the Colorado Fire Chief's Fire Leadership Challenge Conferene in Keystone, Colorado.

The Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS (KY) began developing its community-driven strategic plan with facilitation from the...
10/28/2021

The Anchorage Middletown Fire & EMS (KY) began developing its community-driven strategic plan with facilitation from the Technical Advisor Program. With feedback from community stakeholders, the agency went through three days of hard work setting the path for positive change.

CPSE Director Terry Ford, CFO was thanked by CFAI Chair Steve Dongworth, CFO for his contributions while on the commissi...
10/26/2021

CPSE Director Terry Ford, CFO was thanked by CFAI Chair Steve Dongworth, CFO for his contributions while on the commission. Chief Ford served on the commission as the DoD Representative from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2021.

CPSE Director Terry Ford, CFO was thanked by CFAI Chair Steve Dongworth, CFO for his contributions while on the commission. Chief Ford served on the commission as the DoD Representative from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2021.

CPSE Director Terry Ford, CFO was thanked by CFAI Chair Steve Dongworth, CFO for his contributions while on the commissi...
10/26/2021

CPSE Director Terry Ford, CFO was thanked by CFAI Chair Steve Dongworth, CFO for his contributions while on the commission. Chief Ford served on the commission as the DoD Representative from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2021.

CPSE Director Terry Ford, CFO was thanked by CFAI Chair Steve Dongworth, CFO for his contributions while on the commission. Chief Ford served on the commission as the DoD Representative from July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2021.

Nominations for the CPSE 2022 Ray Picard Award are now open, deadline of December 15, 2021. For more information and sub...
10/20/2021

Nominations for the CPSE 2022 Ray Picard Award are now open, deadline of December 15, 2021. For more information and submit your nomination online http://ow.ly/WlPS50GjpEJ

Nominations for the CPSE 2022 Ray Picard Award are now open, deadline of December 15, 2021. For more information and submit your nomination online http://ow.ly/WlPS50GjpEJ

Nominations for the CPSE 2022 Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy  Award are now open, deadline of December 15, 2021. F...
10/18/2021

Nominations for the CPSE 2022 Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy Award are now open, deadline of December 15, 2021. For more information and submit your nomination online http://ow.ly/A46m50GjpBw

Nominations for the CPSE 2022 Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy Award are now open, deadline of December 15, 2021. For more information and submit your nomination online http://ow.ly/A46m50GjpBw

Naval Support Activity Bahrain Fire & Emergency Services hosted a 3-day CPSE Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emerge...
10/07/2021

Naval Support Activity Bahrain Fire & Emergency Services hosted a 3-day CPSE Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services Workshop. In attendance were 23 fire service professionals. Thank you for the opportunity!

Thank you to the 128th Fire and Emergency Services, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for recently hosting the CPSE Quality Improvem...
10/06/2021

Thank you to the 128th Fire and Emergency Services, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for recently hosting the CPSE Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services workshop.

CPSE appoints Fire Chief Gregg Moriguchi, Navy Region Hawaii Fire and Emergency Services, as CFAI Commissioner represent...
10/05/2021

CPSE appoints Fire Chief Gregg Moriguchi, Navy Region Hawaii Fire and Emergency Services, as CFAI Commissioner representing the Department of Defense. Welcome, Commissioner Moriguchi! Read more at https://www.cpse.org/2021/09/29/cfai-welcomes-moriguchi-as-new-commissioner/

CPSE appoints Fire Chief Gregg Moriguchi, Navy Region Hawaii Fire and Emergency Services, as CFAI Commissioner representing the Department of Defense. Welcome, Commissioner Moriguchi! Read more at https://www.cpse.org/2021/09/29/cfai-welcomes-moriguchi-as-new-commissioner/

There are now 2,668 CPC designated officers! CFO 1,568 / FO 585 / FM 204 / CEMSO 152 / CTO 159. See the list of names at...
10/01/2021

There are now 2,668 CPC designated officers! CFO 1,568 / FO 585 / FM 204 / CEMSO 152 / CTO 159. See the list of names at www.cpse.org under "Credentialing." Congratulations, everyone!

There are now 2,668 CPC designated officers! CFO 1,568 / FO 585 / FM 204 / CEMSO 152 / CTO 159. See the list of names at www.cpse.org under "Credentialing." Congratulations, everyone!

The City of Greenville (SC) Fire Department held a community-driven strategic planning session. Thirty-two community sta...
09/30/2021

The City of Greenville (SC) Fire Department held a community-driven strategic planning session. Thirty-two community stakeholders and 26 agency stakeholders participated to produce a number of strategic initiatives designed to improve the organization over the next five years.

The City of Greenville (SC) Fire Department held a community-driven strategic planning session. Thirty-two community stakeholders and 26 agency stakeholders participated to produce a number of strategic initiatives designed to improve the organization over the next five years.

Check out the latest from CPSE Corner: Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) and Office of the Illinois State F...
09/23/2021

Check out the latest from CPSE Corner: Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) and Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Create Bridge Program http://ow.ly/meiz50GeAaj

Check out the latest from CPSE Corner: Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) and Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal Create Bridge Program http://ow.ly/meiz50GeAaj

Shaun Gadsden (CFO-2021) has been selected as the new Fire Chief for Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District in South Carol...
09/22/2021

Shaun Gadsden (CFO-2021) has been selected as the new Fire Chief for Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District in South Carolina. Congratulations, Chief! http://ow.ly/QIuL50GeCrX

Shaun Gadsden (CFO-2021) has been selected as the new Fire Chief for Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District in South Carolina. Congratulations, Chief! http://ow.ly/QIuL50GeCrX

Commander, Navy Region Japan Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Fire & Emergency Services hosted a 3-day Quality Improvement for...
09/16/2021

Commander, Navy Region Japan Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Fire & Emergency Services hosted a 3-day Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services Workshop. In attendance were 18 fire service professionals from 6 DoD fire agencies in Japan. Thank you for the opportunity!

Thank you to the Boulder City Fire Department, Nevada, for recently hosting a Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emerg...
09/15/2021

Thank you to the Boulder City Fire Department, Nevada, for recently hosting a Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services workshop. There were 20 students in attendance representing 10 departments.

Thank you to the Boulder City Fire Department, Nevada, for recently hosting a Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services workshop. There were 20 students in attendance representing 10 departments.

Plant City Fire Rescue, Florida, embarked on a quest for a Community Driven Strategic Plan. The Center for Public Safety...
09/14/2021

Plant City Fire Rescue, Florida, embarked on a quest for a Community Driven Strategic Plan. The Center for Public Safety Excellence facilitated a community meeting on August 17, followed by three days of internal agency meetings. Thanks for the opportunity!

The CPSE Board of Directors welcomes Sara Jahnke, Ph.D., Director and Senior Scientist with NDRI-USA as its newest membe...
09/09/2021

The CPSE Board of Directors welcomes Sara Jahnke, Ph.D., Director and Senior Scientist with NDRI-USA as its newest member. Congratulations! http://ow.ly/Feqp50G5ukz

The CPSE Board of Directors welcomes Sara Jahnke, Ph.D., Director and Senior Scientist with NDRI-USA as its newest member. Congratulations! http://ow.ly/Feqp50G5ukz

In 2021, CPSE is celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We have launched a webpage to capture our history and celebrate our m...
09/08/2021

In 2021, CPSE is celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We have launched a webpage to capture our history and celebrate our milestones. Check it out and while you are there consider donating to our fundraiser for the NFFF. https://www.cpse.org/cpse-25th-anniversary/

In 2021, CPSE is celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We have launched a webpage to capture our history and celebrate our milestones. Check it out and while you are there consider donating to our fundraiser for the NFFF. https://www.cpse.org/cpse-25th-anniversary/

The CPSE appoints Alexander Henderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marist College, New York, to the Commission on Profes...
09/02/2021

The CPSE appoints Alexander Henderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marist College, New York, to the Commission on Professional Credentialing as the Academic representative. Welcome Commissioner Henderson! http://ow.ly/YJJ850G1Cf4

The CPSE appoints Alexander Henderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marist College, New York, to the Commission on Professional Credentialing as the Academic representative. Welcome Commissioner Henderson! http://ow.ly/YJJ850G1Cf4

CPSE and George Mason University are offering another session of the Advanced Technical Writing Certificate Program. Cou...
09/01/2021

CPSE and George Mason University are offering another session of the Advanced Technical Writing Certificate Program. Courses begin October 11, 2021. Registration closes September 30, 2021. Secure your seat today. Learn more at https://www.cpse.org/projects/technicalwriting/

CPSE and George Mason University are offering another session of the Advanced Technical Writing Certificate Program. Courses begin October 11, 2021. Registration closes September 30, 2021. Secure your seat today. Learn more at https://www.cpse.org/projects/technicalwriting/

The Annual Compliance Report (ACR) Working Group met to develop the draft for a new ACR Template which will be available...
08/31/2021

The Annual Compliance Report (ACR) Working Group met to develop the draft for a new ACR Template which will be available in 2022.

The Annual Compliance Report (ACR) Working Group met to develop the draft for a new ACR Template which will be available in 2022.

Boulder City FD hosted the inaugural meeting of the Nevada consortium.  Representatives of 7 departments discussed accre...
08/26/2021

Boulder City FD hosted the inaugural meeting of the Nevada consortium. Representatives of 7 departments discussed accreditation, credentialing, fire & emergency quality improvement. CPSE CEO Bassi & CFAI Commissioner Rhoades (Fire Chief Kingman, AZ) were also in attendance.

Boulder City FD hosted the inaugural meeting of the Nevada consortium. Representatives of 7 departments discussed accreditation, credentialing, fire & emergency quality improvement. CPSE CEO Bassi & CFAI Commissioner Rhoades (Fire Chief Kingman, AZ) were also in attendance.

Rick Mason, CFO, CPC Program Manager, visits Chief Dave Emanuel, CFO, to thank him for his service on the Commission on ...
08/25/2021

Rick Mason, CFO, CPC Program Manager, visits Chief Dave Emanuel, CFO, to thank him for his service on the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Dave is the Fire Chief for Durham FD, NH and represented combination departments. Thank you for your dedicated service!

Rick Mason, CFO, CPC Program Manager, visits Chief Dave Emanuel, CFO, to thank him for his service on the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Dave is the Fire Chief for Durham FD, NH and represented combination departments. Thank you for your dedicated service!

The Fayetteville Fire Department recently hosted fire service professionals from across North Carolina for the Quality I...
08/24/2021

The Fayetteville Fire Department recently hosted fire service professionals from across North Carolina for the Quality Improvement for Fire & Emergency Services. The three-day class covers strategic planning, community risk assessments, standards of cover, and self-assessment.

The Fayetteville Fire Department recently hosted fire service professionals from across North Carolina for the Quality Improvement for Fire & Emergency Services. The three-day class covers strategic planning, community risk assessments, standards of cover, and self-assessment.

A Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services class was recently held in Castle Rock, Colorado. There were 2...
08/18/2021

A Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services class was recently held in Castle Rock, Colorado. There were 21 attendees from Colorado and Tennessee doing activities such as learning to write Self Assessment documents.

A Quality Improvement for the Fire and Emergency Services class was recently held in Castle Rock, Colorado. There were 21 attendees from Colorado and Tennessee doing activities such as learning to write Self Assessment documents.

There are now 2,634 CPC designated officers! CFO 1,554 / FO 571 / FM 205 / CEMSO 149 / CTO 155. See the list of names at...
08/17/2021

There are now 2,634 CPC designated officers! CFO 1,554 / FO 571 / FM 205 / CEMSO 149 / CTO 155. See the list of names at www.cpse.org under "Credentialing." Congratulations, everyone!

There are now 2,634 CPC designated officers! CFO 1,554 / FO 571 / FM 205 / CEMSO 149 / CTO 155. See the list of names at www.cpse.org under "Credentialing." Congratulations, everyone!

Reminder - the Call for Presentations for CPSE Excellence 2022 closes on August 31! Do you have something to share? Subm...
08/13/2021

Reminder - the Call for Presentations for CPSE Excellence 2022 closes on August 31! Do you have something to share? Submit your abstract application here http://ow.ly/287Z50FQs2d

Reminder - the Call for Presentations for CPSE Excellence 2022 closes on August 31! Do you have something to share? Submit your abstract application here http://ow.ly/287Z50FQs2d

The Summit Fire & EMS  Fire Protection District held a Community Driven Strategic Planning session facilitated by CPSE t...
08/05/2021

The Summit Fire & EMS Fire Protection District held a Community Driven Strategic Planning session facilitated by CPSE that included a number of community members providing feedback. This was followed by a session with the agency stakeholders.

The Summit Fire & EMS Fire Protection District held a Community Driven Strategic Planning session facilitated by CPSE that included a number of community members providing feedback. This was followed by a session with the agency stakeholders.

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