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Chula Vista Firefighter Code of Ethics

Reprinted and adapted from a newsletter written in 1971

THEY WILL QUALIFY AS A PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTER

Who keeps themselves physically, mentally, and morally fit; who is obedient; who has the grit and tenacity to hang on under trying conditions; and has the moral courage to stand by their honest convictions;

Who is an expert, thoroughly familiar with the various details of their business, but who also respects the experience and knowledge of their associates;

Who subordinates their own immediate desires and profits to the Fire Department needs and welfare and who maintains their own sense of proportions in respect to their importance;

Who would not stoop to underhanded methods or tactics for personal gains; and who willingly puts service ahead of self;

Who realizes the necessity of reason and sensibleness of rules and regulations to the end that will justify and not criticize them;

Who will not align themselves with any group or organization which may affect their loyalty, responsibility, or obligation to the Department and the regular constituted municipal government, and who openly stands with the organization and defends it against unwarranted attack by chronic faultfinders, disgruntled and dissatisfied persons;

Who appreciates that wages and compensation are never right if the quality of service rendered is wrong; who makes it their business to see that everything practicable is done to lessen and reduce Department expenditures without sacrificing the essentials;

Who realizes that they do not have the right to jeopardize public safety at any time, at any place, or for any reason; who will work toward that end in making the Department honest, clean, efficient, and responsible;

Who, when they enter the fire service, recognizes that they are entering the most friendly and helpful service maintained for the citizens by the City Government;

Every act as a firefighter is the performance of their duty and worthy of the trust and confidence imposed upon them by every man, woman, and child in this city. May the service receive their fullest courtesy and respect.


If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of Heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods to honor the men and women who make it their professional business to put it out.

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