Detroit’s Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) has become the first US operator to earn international accreditation for its fire division with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
The fire division of WCAA – which operates Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Willow Run Airport – has received the accolade for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation programme.
As a result it has become the first airport authority in the US with a dedicated fire agency to earn this official recognition and one of 146 agencies to achieve Accredited Agency status with CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).
Turkia Awada Mullin, CEO of WCAA, said: “This achievement exemplifies the airport authority’s dedication to maintaining a safe and secure airport system for the millions of people from around the world who travel through our airports each year and the thousands of individuals who come to work at the airports every day.”
The three-year process to obtain accreditation, which WCAA voluntarily began in late 2008, required the operator to provide documented compliance with 253 performance indicators and to create a Standard of Response Coverage (SORC) document and a five-year strategic plan for its Fire Division.
“This achievement by the airport authority’s fire division is indicative of the commitment demonstrated by each and every member of our team to provide the highest quality of service for our customers and the airport community,” said WCAA Fire Chief Craig Carnell. “I’m extremely proud of their dedication and teamwork.”