Firefighter Code of Ethics

Once in awhile it is inspiring to go back and read the IAFF Code of Ethics for fire personnel.

“As a firefighter and member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, my fundamental duty is to serve humanity; to safeguard and preserve life and property against the elements of fire and disaster; and maintain a proficiency in the art and science of fire engineering.

I will uphold the standards of my profession, continually search for new and improved methods and share my knowledge and skills with my contemporaries and descendants.

I will never allow personal feelings, nor danger to self, deter me from my responsibilities as a firefighter.

I will at all times, respect the property and rights of all men and women, the laws of my community and my country, and the chosen way of life of my fellow citizens.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the fire service. I will constantly strive to achieve the objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession–saving of life, fire prevention and fire suppression.

As a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, I accept this self-imposed and self-enforced obligation as my responsibility.”


  • Me says:

    My neighbor is a firefighter in Camden, SC. He is the worst neighbor I ever had, a complete redneck who mistreats his dogs, neglects them and has them penned up for over a year now 70 feet from my bedroom window. The dogs are barking all the time like crazy and he is completely ignorant about it.
    I know a lot of firefighters in CA and they would be ashamed to behave like this. Here in SC they behave like Neanderthals and nobody cares.
    I have to sell our 1 year old house because the dogs are waking us up every night barking their heads off.
    This so called “firefighter” is the neighbor from hell, it is a shame!

  • Fatmodean says:

    Is it ethical for a firefighter to sell his house with a potential fire hazard listed in the inspection report?

  • cjhelman254 says:

    If a firefighter / arson investigator violates these ethics (lies in a sworn statement to procure a search warrant in an arson investigator) is there recourse for the wronged party?