COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Fire and EMS have earned an international accreditation.
The team from Columbus was honored this week at a ceremony in Dallas.
The fire marshal says to get the status, outside agencies come in to validate that they're in-line with international guidelines.
There are fewer than 250 agencies in the country with this accreditation.
That means only 10 percent of Americans are protected by fire departments like the one in Columbus.
The fire marshal says earning this status isn't possible without the hard work of the firefighters.