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Core Code of Ethics for Fire and Rescue Services

West Midlands Fire Service has welcomed today’s publication (18 May) of a new Core Code of Ethics for Fire and Rescue Services.

Core code of ethics for fire and rescue services created by Local Government Association (LGA), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC)

The document has been launched by the Local Government Association (LGA), the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). It has been developed in response to Sir Tom Winsor’s recommendation in the State of Fire report 2019.

Public trust and confidence in fire and rescue services rely on all employees demonstrating ethical behaviours.

The Core Code sets out these ethical principles and is designed to help services to continuously improve culture and workforce diversity, helping to support communities in the best way.

Everyone in every fire and rescue service (FRS) is expected to follow the Core Code. This includes those working with, or on behalf of, a service.

The Core Code sets out five ethical principles, based on the existing Principles of Public Life, which provide a basis for promoting good behaviour and challenging inappropriate behaviour:

• Putting our communities first – we put the interest of the public, the community and service users first

• Integrity – we act with integrity including being open, honest and consistent in everything we do

• Dignity and respect – making decisions objectively based on evidence, without discrimination or bias

• Leadership – we are all positive role models, always demonstrating flexibility and resilient leadership. We are all accountable for everything we do and challenge all behaviour that falls short of the highest standards

• Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) – We continually recognise and promote the value of EDI both within the 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.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer (Temporary) Sarah Warnes, People Programme

Sarah Warnes, Assistant Chief Fire Officer with WMFS, led on developing the code on behalf of the NFCC , in partnership with the LGA and PFCC.

She said: “As the Core Code states, our communities’ trust and confidence in us and our work relies on all employees demonstrating ethical behaviours.

“The Core Code sets out these ethical principles and is designed to help us keep improving culture and workforce diversity. Ultimately, it helps us to support our communities in the best way.

“Our existing Core Values already focus on service to the community and valuing our people, diversity and improvement.

“Our next steps will be to look at how we can enhance and incorporate the Core Code of Ethics into our values, behaviours and policies.”

The Core Code will sit alongside the Code of Ethics Fire Standard developed by the Fire Standards Board.

The Code of Ethics for Fire and Rescue Services can be read at: https://www.local.gov.uk/publications/core-code-ethics-fire-and-rescue-services-england

Death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

A photo of his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
A photo of his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Today we learned, with the greatest sadness, of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Her Majesty the Queen, the wider royal family and everyone affected by the announcement.

Flags at our fire stations are being flown at half mast as a mark of respect.

Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer of West Midlands Fire Service, said: “It is a very sad day. On behalf of everyone at West Midlands Fire Service I will be sending our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen.”

West Midlands Fire Service will be represented by senior officers at any civic events that are held to mark the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh the details of which will be shared as they become available.

WMFS ranked 6th in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List!

Top 50 Inclusive Employers Graphic showing West Midlands Fire Service as 6th most inclusive in the UK.
Top 50 Inclusive Employers Graphic showing West Midlands Fire Service as 6th most inclusive in the UK.

West Midlands Fire Service is proud to have been ranked as sixth in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, announced today (2 Dec). 

The index lists organisations that promote inclusion and embrace diversity across a number of protected characteristics at all levels of employment 

Now in its fifth year, the list was announced this morning via an online event. It highlights best practice and innovation to drive inclusion for all. 

Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been one of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers for five years running, and to have risen 28 places since 2019 making us this year’s highest climbing organisation. I would like to congratulate all those listed, including colleagues at West Midlands PoliceWest Midlands Combined Authority and Midland Heart. 

“We’re committed to providing excellent services to our diverse communities, and to developing a workforce that truly reflects those communities. 

“This year has been like no other, but our staff have stepped up like they always do. We’ve managed to keep our recruitment and training processes running, in COVID-secure ways, welcoming several new female firefighters and others from BAME backgrounds. 

“Our wider workforce has remained ready, willing and able to continue delivering our critical services to our most vulnerable residents and businesses, with many volunteering to help deliver essential food and medical parcels to those in need. They’ve been an inspiration.”

Paul Sesay, founder and CEO of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, said: “Companies featured on this year’s list have felt the importance of ensuring individual voices are heard and are standing up as responsible employers against discrimination and inequality. 

Those who ranked are on a continuous journey but have made it their mission to advocate for inclusive workplaces where everyone feels empowered to be the very best they can be.”

Organisations on the list are judged on wide-ranging criteria, including recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversityrelated initiatives. Demonstrating the promotion of all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religionthe list also focuses on representation at management, senior, executive and board level. 

To view the full list of Inclusive Employers, please click here. 

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