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Victoria Fire Department Awarded Best Practices Recognition Status by the Texas Fire Association

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The Victoria Fire Department is one of two fire departments in Texas receiving the award and designation of "Recognized Best Practices Fire Department" from the Texas Fire Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program. Watauga Fire Department has also been selected for the designation.

Established in 2013, the Recognition Program evaluates a Fire Department's compliance with over 117 Best Business Practices for Fire Departments in the State of Texas. These Best Practices were developed by Fire Service professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service to communities. Best Practices cover all aspects of Fire Department management and services, including but not limited to, Administration and Organization, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Prevention, Risk Reduction, Community Outreach, Safety and Health and Professional Standards and Conduct.  

This voluntary process required the departments to conduct a critical self-review of the department's policies, procedures, facilities and operations. The departments also underwent an outside audit and review. Final mon-site reviews were conducted by trained Fire Chiefs and Assistant Fire Chiefs from other areas of the state.  Final results were reviewed by the Texas Fire Chiefs Best Practices Recognition Board for final analysis.

The Victoria Fire Department was notified July 5 about receiving the coveted "Recognized Best Practices Fire Department" designation. 

The TFCA Best Practices program provides a pathway for a fire department to push its level of service to a level of excellence that is validated by independent experts. This designation demonstrates to customers of these organizations that their fire department is among the very best in the Texas fire service.

More information and a description of the program can be found at www.txfirechiefs.org

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