All team members must read, understand and agree in writing to the approved code of ethics for USAR practitioners as developed by the Hutt City Emergency Response Team (NZRT18).
The Team is responsible to itself, partner agencies, Civil Defence and the community it serves. Members are expected to act appropriately in dealing with members of the public and with each other, displaying a high degree of professionalism and integrity at all times.
Team members have a responsibility to the team and themselves to carry out their duties in an efficient and competent manner, avoiding any behaviour that may impair their effectiveness.
When acting as a member of the Team, as a minimum members are expected to:
When acting as part of this Team unacceptable behaviour includes, but is not limited to the following:
The Hutt City Emergency Response Team is a team that conducts itself in a responsible and professional manner at all times. Team members hold themselves to a high standard and expect all members to act professionally at all times. Any team member who is the subject of a complaint with have that complaint fully investigated by the team leadership.
Should the complaint be upheld it will be categorised into the following categories;
If a probationary or team member is thought to be in breach of team standard of conduct, that member will appear before disciplinary hearing panel, consisting of:
If either the team leader, deputy team leader or the team manager breaches the standard of conduct, the management committee will appoint a substitute to replace the defendant on the disciplinary panel.
If the Team leader, Deputy Team leader or team manager is a complainant the management committee will appoint a suitable replacement to take their place on the disciplinary panel.
The member called to the disciplinary panel may bring a support person.
The initial investigation will be conducted informally, with both sides having the opportunity to call others who witnessed the events in question to describe what they saw. This meeting is to establish the facts and determine the seriousness of the complaint.
Following the investigation the matter will either be resolved or the complaint will be categorised and the process will proceed to a formal disciplinary meeting. The outcome of this meeting will depend on the seriousness of the complaint and the potential outcomes will be explained.
A formal disciplinary meeting will then take place and outcomes determined.
The process flowchart is described in appendix 1.
Reasons for a disciplinary hearing include, but are not limited to:
Penalties imposed by a hearing may include:
Should the member feel that they have reason for a personal grievance regarding the disciplinary action, the member should provide a written statement to this effect to the Hutt City Emergency Response Team management committee, the committee will seek independent review of the decision and initiate an internal review of the process, this process will be independent of the disciplinary committee.