A fire and rescue service must:
- Adopt and embed the Core Code to demonstrate that the service is fully committed and compliant at both an individual and corporate level.
- Ensure the attitudes, professional behaviours and conduct described within the core code are reflected in its decision-making, policies, procedures, processes, and associated guidance that govern how the service manages and supports its workforce.
- Provide training and support to all those who work for, or on behalf of, a service to achieve their understanding of the Core Code and an appreciation of their responsibilities in adhering to it.
- Not detract from the Core Code.
Those who lead services and those who work for, or on behalf of, the service must:
- Understand, respect, and follow the principles of the Core Code and demonstrate this by their commitment to it and their responsibility for upholding it.
- Conduct themselves in accordance with the Core Code.
Those responsible for the governance of fire and rescue services, whilst complying with their own ethical codes must:
- hold the Chief Fire Officer to account for the implementation of the Core Code at a local level;
- play a proactive role in challenging behaviour inconsistent with the Core Code; and
- ensure strategies, policies and performance measures are in place to promote and embed a positive and inclusive culture.
A fire and rescue service should:
- Designate a senior leader who is responsible for promoting the Core Code throughout the service and ensuring that all those who work for, or on behalf of, the service understand its contents and what is expected of them.