2018 Re-accreditation PresentationAFD 2018 Accreditation group picPictured Left to Right:  Deputy Chief Darren Stinnett, Peer Assessor Steven Lambert, Chief Roger Robinson, Accreditation Mgr. Bill Smock, Fire Marshal Colin Hurst, City Manager Mark Johnson, Lieutenant Steven Owen and CFAI Chairman Tommy Thompson

An all-hazard, quality improvement model based on risk analysis and self-assessment that promotes the establishment of community-adopted performance targets for fire and emergency service agencies.


In March 2013, the department achieved accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), becoming the third in Tennessee and the second in Blount County to achieve this distinct honor. The department achieved re-accreditation in March 2018. Currently, there are 284 accredited agencies internationally and six in the state of Tennessee. Eleven percent of the U.S. population is protected by accredited agencies. 

The accreditation process has forced us to become a better department, it's forced us to truly become data-driven, it's forced us to do things in a way that we can now document how we're doing it and why we do it.  We have truly become a better department because of it.

Being an accredited agency shows the community that we are constantly looking to improve and we are good stewards of their resources.

To learn more about our accreditation process, please contact our Accreditation Manager

For more information about CFAI accreditation and the other programs offered by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, please visit