NASAR Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Search and Rescue in 1995 is appropriate for all SAR members to live and work by. The Code reads, in part:
I acknowledge and commit to honor to the best of my ability the following values:
- I have a moral obligation to the missing or injured and to the agencies, volunteer organizations and other NASAR members with whom I work. I shall endeavor to guard their interests honestly and deal with them fairly, wisely, and in an efficient, proper manner. I shall behave honestly in all matters, respect privileged communication, avoid any real or perceived conflicts of interest, and deal with others courteously and politely.
- I shall continuously work to raise the standards of performance of search and rescue to the highest attainable levels without regard to race, sex, religion, cultural background, sexual preference, economic, or social condition in service to humanity.
- I have an obligation to advance the knowledge and skills of search and rescue so that I can serve the needs of the missing or injured. I shall strive to improve my own knowledge and skills, support others by sharing my experiences, and strive to keep myself fully informed of new developments in the profession.
- I shall support the mission of the National Association for Search and Rescue, ". . . .that others may live," and shall at all times conduct myself in an ethical and prudent manner worthy of my profession.
NASAR is a membership association comprised of thousands of dedicated paid and non-paid personnelall active or interested in search & rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine, and awareness education. It is a self-supporting, nonprofit association with the purpose of furthering the advancement of professional, literary and scientific knowledge and training in these fields. Read more here or visit their website.