The Core Code of Ethics in Fire and Rescue

Our ethical principles

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has adopted the national Core Code of Ethics for Fire and Rescue Services in England. This has been developed in partnership with the National Fire Chiefs Council, Local Government Association, and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners to support a consistent approach to ethics, including behaviours, by fire and rescue services in England.

These include:

  • Putting our communities first
  • Integrity
  • Dignity and respect
  • Leadership
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

Putting our communities first

We put our communities first. We do this by putting the interest of the public and service users first.


We act with integrity. We show this by being open, honest and consistent in everything we do.

Dignity and respect

We act with dignity and respect. We show this by making decisions objectively based on evidence, without discrimination or bias.


We are leaders. We show this by being positive role models, always demonstrating flexibility and resilience, we're all accountable for everything we do and challenge behaviour that falls short of the highest standards.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

We are ambassadors of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We show this by continually recognising and promoting the value of EDI both within the FRS 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 differences.

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