The Commission of Fire Accreditation International defines the Standards of Cover as the written policies and procedures which establish the distribution and concentration of fixed and mobile resources of an organization. The purpose of completing this document is to document and support delivery of the agency's mission statement: Danville Fire Department strives to protect life, property, and environment through prevention, mitigation, response, recovery, and education in order to promote the entire community's health, safety, and well-being.
The Standards of Cover is a research-based process, which requires a comprehensive analysis of an agency's current deployment of services. The document begins with an overview of the jurisdiction and community expectations and progresses into an extensive community risk assessment, followed by a four-year reliability study. The final component of the Standards of Cover provides the organization with an overall assessment of system capabilities. The agency then develops recommendations to achieve community-identified service expectations and industry standards. The results of the study also assist the agency in developing realistic and achievable service objectives, which assist with compliance methodology and strategic planning.