Bartow, Fla. (September 4, 2019) — Polk County Fire Rescue (PCFR) recently received notification of its three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).
CAAS accreditation assures the Polk County residents and visitors that the services PCFR provides have met the Commission's high standards for quality patient care and that PCFR stands ready to care for their families if needed. In addition, the Polk County Board of County Commissioners and county’s medical community can be confident that the services provided by PCFR have been submitted to careful scrutiny by an independent review process and has met all applicable best practices and highest industry standards.
“This accomplishment is a direct and clear indicator of our division's collective professionalism, ability, and commitment to the community,” said Polk County Fire Rescue Fire Chief Robert Weech. “Receiving this accreditation is an outstanding achievement for PCFR, and I consider it to be a team victory. Our entire staff should be proud to be a part of this inaugural team that has met the CAAS’s high standards. I want to thank all of them for making this possible and express to the public that we will continue to meet and exceed our community’s expectation on a daily basis.”
The CAAS accreditation is designed to help EMS agencies increase their organizational performance and efficiency, increase clinical quality and decrease risk and liability. The standards that CAAS requires define the “Gold Standard” for the medical transportation industry and is of a higher caliber than is typically required for state and local licensing. Currently, there are more than 180 CAAS-accredited agencies in 39 U.S. states, Canada and the West Indies, with more than 200 agencies working on new applications.