We have adopted the Ethical Principles and associated behaviours, under the Core Code of Ethics by National Fire Chiefs Council, Local Government Association and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, which were launched in May 2021.
They closely resemble our own Principles and Behaviours (Leadership, Passion, Innovation and Dependability) that were developed by our staff in 2016, and have been recognised in our inspection for their adoption and demonstration in all that we do.
The Ethical Principles
Putting our Communities first
We put the interests of the public, the community, and service users first.
Act with empathy, compassion, and respect, caring equallyfor everyone I deal with
Consider the diverse needs of my communities and tailor my work to best meet their specific needs
Understand and evaluate the impact I have on the public’s safety and wellbeing
Continuously improve my performance to better serve the public and my communities
Am an ambassador for my Fire and Rescue Service and a role model in my communities
Identify and remove barriers to people joining or accessing our service
We act with integrity including being open, honest, and consistent in everything that we do.
Am honest, open, and fair when dealing with everyone
Can evidence my decisions and am able to explain my behaviour
Build trusting relationships and demonstrate an understanding of everyone’s roles and responsibilities
Welcome challenge and adapt the way I work and my behaviour as a result of what I learn
Challenge behaviour that does not comply with our Core Code or my service’s values
Never behave in a way that may cause others to act outside our ethical principles
Remain impartial and objective
Never act in an improper way, or in a manner that could create a perception of improper behaviour for personal gain. I declare relevant interests and relationships and maintain personal and professional boundaries
We are all positive role models, always demonstrating flexible and resilient leadership.
We are all accountable for our behaviour, decisions, and actions, and challenge all behaviour that falls short of the highest standards.
Take responsibility for continuously improving my own performance and the performance of my service
Am accountable to the public, my employer and my colleagues for my decisions and actions
Take responsibility for my actions an their consequences
Address inappropriate behaviour in ways appropriate to my role
Recognise leaders exist at all levels in my organisation and communities
Always demonstrate the principles of a positive culture of equality, diversity, and inclusion
Am committed to implementing and working by this Core Code
Dignity and respect
We treat people with dignity and respect, making decisions objectively based on evidence, without discrimination or bias.
Use unbiased judgement and behaviour and act respectfully
Act with decency and impartiality, recognising that my unconscious bias can prevent me considering all perspectives and needs when I am making decisions
Do the right thing when delivering services, using the ethical principles set out in this Core Code and my service’s values
Support the development and opportunity of myself and my colleagues
Create an environment of openness and trust
Treat people with respect and without discrimination, harassment, or bullying; I actively reject these inappropriate behaviours
Challenge all inappropriate behaviour when I am at work
Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)
We continually recognise and promote the value of EDI, both within FRSs and the wider communities in which we serve. We stand against all forms of discrimination, create equal opportunities, promote equality, foster good relations, and celebrate difference.
Acknowledge and care about people’s diverse needs so they can access the services they need from me and my service
Provide an environment where everyone has an equal voice
Acknowledge my own unconscious bias and consider everyone’s perspective
Behave in a way that celebrates diversity in all its forms, everywhere
Tackle discriminatory behaviour, policy, and procedure
Do all I can to encourage people from underrepresented groups to join our Service and feel welcome
Help everyone to be their best and to always learn from one another