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New IFD Chief to Seek International Accreditation for Department

Indianapolis' brand new fire chief says IFD will soon begin seeking elite status as a department. 

Mayor Greg Ballard gave Ernest Malone the oath of office during a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial Monday.  Malone takes over for Brian Sanford who has become chief of staff for Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs. 

Malone says his department will seek international accreditation as a fire department.  He says only 183 of more than 30,000 fire departments nationwide share the elite certification. 

Malone says it's a rigorous, three-year process sponsored by an international fire service accreditation agency. He says it'll require an entire community effort and they'll announce more about it later.  

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