core | \ˈkȯr \ | noun
1. a central and often foundational part usually distinct from the enveloping part by a difference in nature • the core of the community
2a. a basic, essential, or enduring part (as of an individual, a class, or an entity) • the core of their beliefs
..b. the essential meaning; gist • the core of the organization
..c. the inmost or most intimate part • honest to the core; down to the core
3. the central or most important part of something • the core of the volunteers
4. the part of something that is central to its existence or character • the core of the department
5. “to the core”
..a. to the depths of one’s being • he was loyal down to the core
..b. used to indicate that someone possesses a characteristic to a very high degree • she has integrity to the core
“Helping our friends and neighbors”
We provide the highest level of service to protect the lives, property, and the environment of our community and the surrounding area through our emergency response and prevention services while helping to build a stronger community through our involvement and outreach.
We strive to be a model of a successful volunteer fire department – a department that reflects the people we serve and effectively utilizes all of our available resources to provide the highest level of service possible while always working to maintain and improve our relationships with neighboring fire districts. We strive to be the heart of our community – leaders and role models for our children and citizens that encourage active participation within our community.
- Meet or exceed training standards across all three of our divisions
- Participate in joint drills with our neighboring fire districts throughout the year
- Dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement
- Promote public education in the schools and the community as a whole through outreach, social media, and events
- Continue to recruit qualified volunteers from within our own community
- Maintain our station, our apparatus, and our equipment with a sense of pride, respect, and acknowledgment of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice that has gone into providing us with the tools we need to protect our community and our members
- Continue to pursue alternate funding strategies
- Maintain and strengthen ties to our schools through public education and involvement in school activities
- Host at least two community events per year
- Participate in at least two community events per year
Bravery – We rise to the challenges of each call to the best of our abilities. We take swift action in order to protect and save our community. We go into chaotic, unpredictable fires and blinding smoke to save a child and into smashed cars stabilized as best we can to hold someone’s hand. We run in when everyone else runs out.
Courage – We have heart. We have the moral strength to do what is right even when it is hard. We face the challenges and dangers of each of our calls head on and together. We give our all on the fire ground and on CPR calls – and when there is nothing left to be done, we sit and grieve with our community. Our courage does not require an audience.
Honor – We strive to be rather than just seem to be. We take responsibility for our actions. We keep our word. We are honest and truthful even when it is difficult or unpopular. We respect each other’s individual choices and beliefs. We respect those who came before us in this department and in this service and we work to make each better for those who follow us. We represent our department and the fire service well – in and out of uniform. We recognize that our badges are a sign of the trust the public has in us and we strive to always be deserving of that trust. We act in a way that brings pride to the name at the top of our turnouts and the name at the bottom of our turnouts – ever mindful of the privilege we have to serve our community.
Sacrifice – We put the needs of our community ahead of our wants and needs. We sacrifice time with our families, our sleep, and our evenings and weekends for the needs of our community. We give of ourselves freely for the greater good.
Integrity – We are committed to ethical behavior. We act in a consistent manner that aligns with our core. We are authentic. We do the right thing regardless of who is – or isn’t – watching. We stand by our word and keep our promises. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences. We are committed to honesty. Our words and our actions are intentional, consistent, and support each other. Our integrity will not be compromised.
Loyalty – We are loyal to our core, our history, our community, and each other in all that we do.
Stewardship – The community has entrusted us with their money, property, privacy, safety, care, and lives. We will not betray that trust. We will use the money and resources we have been provided with effectively, economically, and in the way that it was meant to be used. We maintain our station, our apparatus, and our equipment with a sense of pride, respect, and acknowledgment of the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice that has gone into providing us with the tools we need to protect our community and our members. We make sure that whatever is not ours that we come into contact with, whether personal property or personal information, remains in the control of the rightful owner as much as can be allowed during the course of an emergency. We do not gossip or use confidential information for our own personal gain. We acknowledge and respect the privilege given by our community to allow us into their homes in some of their darkest and most private moments. We train to the best of our ability so that when we are called, we are ready for any situation. We keep safety at the forefront of our minds while we protect and care for our community. We strive everyday to earn and keep the trust our community has awarded us.
Compassion – We show compassion to the people involved in the calls we respond to. We show compassion to each other. We show compassion for ourselves.
Commitment – We stand together and trust one another as a team. We rely on each other to protect the lives of our community and ourselves. We owe it to ourselves and to each other to be accountable, respectful, and honest. We dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement. We train hard and work hard. We strive to be the best from the smallest task to the greatest task. We demand excellence from ourselves and each other.
Service – The community we serve is at the heart of everything that we do. We are bound to our community not out of duty but out of a conscious, daily decision to help others. We give freely of our time, energy, ideas, and other resources for the betterment of our community. Through our service, we lead our community.
Purpose – We are moved to serve our community not by a desire for money or recognition but by a higher calling. When we are faced with multi-hour scenes, late night calls, and heartbreaking circumstances, we find strength in remembering that at the heart of everything we do, we are helping our friends and neighbors.
Family – We are a family. We value each member’s role in the organization. We take care of each other and our community. We have each other’s six. We look out for each other’s safety and welfare. We show each other respect. We hold each other accountable and call each other out when necessary. We celebrate each other’s accomplishments and share in each other’s joy. And when the weight of our service or life becomes too much, we stand together as one and bear it together.
Pride – We are the City of Falls City Fire Department. We are your family, your friends, your neighbors, your volunteers, your department. We serve the citizens of Falls City with pride and our conduct on the training ground and on scene within and beyond our city boundaries is a source of pride for our community.
This is our core.