Core values and code of ethics

Core values inspire and guide how teams behave. They set out a platform to guide our current and future activities and achieve our organisational priorities.

Our Vision is a Cheshire where there are no deaths, injuries or damage from fires and other emergencies.

Our Mission is to help create safer communities, to rescue people and protect economic, environmental and community interests.

We will deliver this through our Core Values:

  • Being inclusive

  • Doing the right thing

  • Acting with compassion

  • Making a difference

The NFCC Core Code of Ethics has been developed to support a consistent approach to ethics, including behaviours, by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in England. The Code sits alongside the Code of Ethics Fire Standard and sets out five ethical principles:

  • 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.

Last updated: Tuesday, 24 October 2023