Wylie Fire Rescue has received the coveted designation of Recognized Best Practices Fire Department from the Texas Fire Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition Program. WFR is one of only 12 departments in the state of Texas to achieve this status since the program’s inception in 2013.
The Recognition Program evaluates a fire department's compliance regarding 117 Best Practices for departments in the state of Texas. The practices, developed to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service to their communities, cover all aspects of fire department management including administration and organization, emergency medical service, training, special operations, records and information management, fire operations, fire prevention, risk reduction, community outreach, response analysis, communications, safety and health, resources management, and professional standards and conduct.
The process, which is voluntarily undertaken by fire departments, required its members to conduct a critical self-review of the department's policies, procedures, facilities, and operations. WFR began the lengthy process of becoming Recognized in 2015. Many of the 117 Best Practices were already in place, but the application process caused the department to capture and formalize the missing pieces and create written documentation, policies and plans.
Following WFR's self-evaluation, an outside audit and review was conducted by trained fire chiefs and assistant fire chiefs from other areas of the state. The result of their review was then sent to the Texas Fire Chiefs Best Practices Recognition Board for final analysis and the decision to award Recognized status. The department was notified in November 2017 that it had received the Best Practices designation.
The award was presented at a Wylie City Council meeting, and the department was also recognized at the TFCA Executive Conference in Austin in February 2018.
More information and a description of the program can be found at www.bestpracticestexas.org.