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New Core Code of Ethics

18/05/2021

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting a new national Core Code of Ethics for Fire and Rescue Services launched today (Tuesday 18 May) by the Local Government Association, the National Fire Chiefs Council and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

It will help NFRS employees act in the best possible way towards each other and the public.  It should be at the heart of everything they do to make sure communities get the best possible support.

It has been developed in consultation with the fire and rescue sector in response to the State of Fire Report 2019 and will sit alongside the Code of Ethics Fire Standard developed by the Fire Standards BoardThe Core Code sets out five ethical principles:

• Putting our communities first

• Integrity

• Dignity and respect

• Leadership

• Equality, diversity and inclusion.

Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, Mark Hardingham, said: “I am delighted to see the publication of the first Core Code of Ethics.  As NFCC Chair, I have the privilege of working with a dedicated team that is committed to ensuring our Fire and Rescue Services are positive and inclusive environments for all of their staff; this, of course, translates to them being able to provide an excellent service to their local communities.  The Core Code is explicit in its expectations relating to the behaviours of staff at all levels within Fire and Rescue Services.  The detail within it, alongside the supporting guidance and the associated Fire Standard, will help ensure the Core Code becomes fully embedded in everything Fire and Rescue Services do.”

The Code will complement Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's existing Behavioural Framework that provides a set of positive and negative indicators against which all staff are measured.

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