Nashville Fire Department was the first metropolitan
fire and emergency medical service agency to receive
national accreditation by the Commission of Fire
Accreditation International in 1999 under the
direction of Director- Chief Norman Dozier and
Accreditation Manager Assistant Chief John Ragsdale.
Detailed annual compliance reports are submitted to the Center for Public Safety Excellence for review to maintain accredited status through continuous self-assessment. Every five years a full re-accreditation process including a site visit from a team of peer assessors is undergone.
Under the leadership and direction of Director-Chief Stephen Halford the department has successfully maintained its accredited status since his installation as Director-Chief in 2001.
Currently serves as Accreditation Manager. The latest full re-accreditation was awarded in 2009.