Firefighters are among the last public officials that are still widely respected in the community. Citizens think highly of us and thank us for the work we do. We are trusted with almost unrestricted access to people’s homes, businesses, and lives. Firefighters are more likely to be given the benefit of the doubt by those we serve than any other public servant. It is essential that we preserve the respect and trust of the citizens we serve. This is why the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has enacted a Code of Conduct for its members.
Through the Code of Conduct, the NVFC sets forth its ethical expectations for its members and demonstrates how the organization’s values go above and beyond common morality and serve the public good.
By following the Code of Conduct, NVFC members demonstrate that we take our mission to serve the public seriously, and that we are worthy of public support.
The NVFC Code of Conduct will play a part in enhancing the sense professional community among firefighters. It reinforces the mutual benefit of being a part of a voluntary and cooperative professional society.
The NVFC’s Code of Conduct applies to all of its members. It defines accepted behaviors and promotes high standards. It provides a benchmark that members can use for self-evaluation and the evaluation of their local fire and EMS organizations. It is a part of the NVFC’s vocational and cultural identity.
I encourage you to read the Code of Conduct and faithfully adhere to each of its premises. Print a copy and hang it up at your home, office, or station to remind yourself of the high standards and strong values you agree to hold as an NVFC member, a public servant, and a respected and honored member of your community.
By Joe Maruca, NVFC Director (MA)