In 2011, the Metro West Fire Protection District was recognized as an "Internationally Accredited" agency. This process was led by the accreditation manager Assistant Chief Edward M. Beirne. Chief Beirne, along with his team of "Category Managers" facilitated all elements required by the "Center for Public Safety Excellence". This effort required every employees participation and involvement. The reason is because this process evaluates the processes performed within every area of the organization.