Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando are proud to announce that the Orlando Fire Department Office of Emergency Management has achieved national accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). Orlando is one of only eight cities and the only City in Florida to receive this accredited status. At today’s City Council meeting, the Office was recognized and presented an official plaque from representatives of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
The Orlando Fire Department adds this achievement among other designations including its Accredited Agency Status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation, International (CFAI) and an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 1. These three accomplishments set apart the Orlando Fire Department as one of the safest, most efficient agencies in the United States.
“Obtaining these recognitions demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to providing the highest quality services to our community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am proud of the work our Office of Emergency Management does year-round to prepare our City and residents so we are equipped to handle any national disasters or emergencies.”
To achieve this accreditation, the Office of Emergency Management underwent a peer-review assessment by EMAP trained assessors which included an analysis of the department’s compliance with 64 national industry standards and an evaluation of the department’s emergency management program and its capacity to prepare and respond to disasters. EMAP evaluated the department’s compliance in 16 different areas: planning, resource management, training, exercises, evaluations, corrective actions, communications and warnings.
“The City of Orlando’s program has demonstrated leadership, vision and commitment to their community and to the profession of emergency management by achieving a professional third party review and recognition of meeting objectives standards of excellence,” said Barb Graff, director of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and chair to the EMAP Commission.
EMAP revolutionizes emergency management programs that coordinate preparedness and response activities for disasters based on industry standards. EMAP recognizes the ability of emergency management programs to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation for and in response to an emergency, in addition to obtaining the ability to measure those capabilities. The Emergency Management Standard is flexible in design so that programs of differing sizes, populations, risks and resources can use it as a blueprint for improvement and can attain compliance with the standard. The EMAP process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; and communications and warning. This forms the foundation of the nation’s emergency preparedness system. EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs.