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Fire Service Ethics Statement

Today’s fire service leaders face a variety of challenges managing budgets, personnel and programs. Occasionally, ethical issues emerge for which there are no easy answers.

To provide guidance that addresses these complex questions, the National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO) and Congressional Fire Services Institute jointly released a firefighter code of ethics for adoption by local fire and Emergency Medical Services organizations. The ethics statement is the result of almost two years of effort by the NSEFO Board of Directors.

The Firefighter Code of Ethics statement, acknowledged by the U.S. Fire Administration, is posted throughout the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) facilities and included in all course materials distributed to NFA students.

Firefighter Code of Ethics PDF 497 KB