AMC Gets Its First Accredited Fire Department

Air Mobility Command’s Fire and Emergency Services Flight at McConnell AFB, Kans., recently earned its accreditation, making it AMC’s only accredited fire department. The unit received its accreditation earlier this month from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, states a release. “This [accreditation] validates our program,” said SMSgt. William Taylor, deputy fire chief of the 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron. It assures others that they “are getting the best possible service that can be provided.” The unit tested more than 250 performance indicators within a three-year time period to get the accreditation, states the release, and it will continue to better itself through annual reports to ensure they are completing all requirements. “Every month, we’ll review one chapter to make sure we are continuing to do what we need [to do] to stay accredited,” said 22nd CES Fire Chief Charles Hutson. “At the end of the five-year plan, we’ll be ready for re-accreditation because we’ve gone through the manual every year.” The unit is one of 13 accredited Air Force units, states the release.