Des Moines Fire Department seeks national accreditation

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(Des Moines, IA) -- The Des Moines Fire Department is looking to gain national accreditation. One step of the process is a facilitation study called the Standards of Cover and Community Risk Assessment.

Fire Chief John TeKippe said the study, set to be completed in February, looks into how busy the city's emergency resources are, such as ambulances, fire engines and ladder trucks. It also analyzes how many workers are needed to operate the tools to provide a predictable, quality level of service.

"[The study is] two big portions of an accreditation process that will allow us to replicate the same kind of data analysis, so we can be ahead of the planning curve for the services that the residents of Des Moines want and need," said TeKippe.

DMFD will complete the study again periodically to stay in touch with how the department needs to spread its resources across the growing city.

Once the Standards of Cover and Community Risk Assessment is completed, the findings will be submitted to the City Council for approval.

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