Code of Conduct

As a Newaygo County ARES volunteer, I shall:

  1. Conduct myself with respect and courtesy to those whom we serve. We will be listeners and communicators.
  2. Treat others with courtesy, sensitivity, tact, consideration, and humility.
  3. Respect the cultures, beliefs, opinions, and decisions of others although I may not always agree.
  4. Promote healthy and safe work practices.
  5. Operate within the scope of my training, FCC license, and response capabilities.
  6. Only report for duty when activated.
  7. Only undertake activities that are within my physical capabilities, within the scope of my training, and will not take risks that are likely to cause injury to myself or others.
  8. Follow the rules and regulations of any building or property where I am assigned as part of a Newaygo County ARES activity.
  9. Report any problems or conflicts to team leadership.
  10. Carry the appropriate credentials, including photo ID and ARES membership card to all incidents.
  11. Present a clean, well-groomed, neat, utilitarian and professional appearance which builds confidence in the minds of organizations we support.
  12. Direct any inquiries by representatives of the media during an incident to the assigned Public Information Officer for the incident.

As a Newaygo County ARES volunteer I shall not:

  1. Self-Deploy to an incident. Volunteers self-deploying to an incident are subject to removal or disciplinary action.
  2. Act as or be perceived as an agent or employee of the agencies whom we serve. We are a serving agency and have no authority to act on behalf of the agency.
  3. Accept, or seek on behalf of myself or any other person, any financial advantage or gain as a result of the volunteer’s affiliation with the Newaygo County ARES program.
  4. Publicly use any Newaygo County ARES volunteer program affiliation in connection with the promotion of partisan politics, religious matters, or positions on any issue.
  5. Use an emergency response vehicle as defined by Michigan Vehicle Code Public Act 300, section 257.2. The use of lights and sirens while moving is strictly prohibited.
  6. Park in restricted areas, unless specifically authorized or invited to do so by the agencies we serve.
  7. Use profane and abusive language and disruptive behavior including behavior that is dangerous to self and others including acts of violence, physical or sexual abuse, or harassment. For Newaygo ARES gatherings, the FCC rules that govern acceptable on-air transmissions will be used in off-air communications as well.
  8. Respond for duty under the influence of and / or consume alcoholic beverages and / or illegal substances while performing volunteer duties. Despite legalization in Michigan, this includes marijuana products as well. It is important to be free from the influence of substances that could affect decision-making abilities while performing ARES duties.
  9. Carry firearms during exercises or when activated, regardless of concealed weapon permit status, except for sworn reserve and off-duty sworn law enforcement personnel who are required by their supervising authority to be armed.
  10. Disclose or use any confidential information of a served agency to any person who is not authorized to receive such information or use that information to the disadvantage of the served agency.
  11. Relay protected health or personal information in any way that links a specific person with that information. This includes but is not limited to the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition, the provision of health care to the individual, the individual’s phone number, birth date, or Social Security Number.
  12. Engage in inappropriate conduct, both on- and off-duty, that would jeopardize program effectiveness. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to: offensive or profane language or gestures; public criticism of a team member or leadership; and jeopardizing another team member’s safety.
  13. Wear camouflage or other distinctive items of military or other uniform apparel or insignia, that would give the impression of belonging to a military or governmental authority to which the volunteer does not belong.