Wake Island Fire Department

Wake Island Fire Department

Week 3 Forum – Funding Sources

Stimulated by local budget pressures, fire and emergency medical services administrators in the United States are using a wide array of funding alternatives beyond traditional methods.

After reading Chapter 5 in your textbook as well as the supplemental reading, Outfitting Fire Department Fitness Centers, and completing your own research, write a post that answers the following:
1. Discuss the primary funding sources of your local fire department, and then
2. Prepare a descriptive list of alternative funding sources that are not currently being used but could be used to augment your department’s budget.

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#1

Again this week’s question is a thought provoking one. As I have discussed before, I am part of a very small volunteer department in the south central part of PA. If you’re interested you can see more about the department at www.biglervillefd.org. To finance our department we use several sources of income. The local borough gives a donation each year, the surrounding municipalities give funds from their fire tax, we run several fundraisers throughout the year, private donations are given from private companies and citizens but these are not guaranteed, and we rely on grants to replace equipment and turn out gear. For fundraisers we have events ranging from breakfast with Santa, a three day fall festival that just ended, shrimp feed, crab feed, and several other events spread throughout the year. The department’s cost are always covered because of fugal spending and members supplying man hours to do smaller jobs around the station.  I would not say we are the most equipped station in the area, but we have the basic equipment needed. Any special equipment that we don’t have, because we don’t have a need for it regularly, we know a neighboring department that does and will request that department to respond with that piece of equipment.

As for alternative funding sources, I cannot give any that we are not using because we use every source that is available to us and continue to search for more. We regularly apply for state, federal, and private grants. Some times even joining up with another department to apply for a grant. Just last year we had a pact with at least 6 other departments for a joint grant for new SCBAs. Sadly we were not chosen, but living in a semi-rural area that is not that affluent has made us become creative in finding funding sources.

#2

Jacksonville, NC Fire Department is funded through the City of Jacksonville. Their primary funding source is property tax. Every year the city gives Jacksonville’s Fire Department a budget. For capital expenditures (ie. fire apparatus, adding or refurbishing stations) the use of traditional loans is sourced.  However, the municipal fire departments do not hold fundraisers or accept donations which I thought was pretty odd. Their volunteer fire departments do have the option to fundraiser, as well as, accept donations since they are not funded by the City.

There are several alternative funding sources I believe the City can use to find their departments. The state of North Carolina offers two types of grants, the Fire/Rescue and Relief Fund-Volunteer Rescue and EMS Fund and the North Carolina Highway Safety Grant. The purpose of these two grants is to provide assistance to these rescue organizations to purchase rescue and safety equipment, make capital expenditures, and provide a safer way on the roads while conducting fire rescue/EMS operations. To be eligible, the organization must provide proof that the department conducts fire rescue and EMS operations and reasons why the grant is needed (ie. training and developing and enhancing safe operations).

Other alternatives of funding can come from other taxes such as the use of fire flow taxes, property tax that is assessed by the computer fire flow of the building. Being that the main revenue for Jacksonville depends on the Marine community, sales tax can be used to source funding. Income tax, utility tax, user fees (ie. emergency user fees, inspection fees, permits, HAZMAT fees, EMS user fees), fines and penalties and seizures during operations can also help source funding. Selling of services like training another agency can be beneficial to both parties. One agency gets funding and refresher of training and the other gets the training needed where they can not get anywhere else.

Reference:

Funding alternatives for emergency medical and fire services, Funding alternatives for emergency medical and fire services (n.d.).

 
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Budget Proposal Memo

You are the financial manager for a small outpatient clinic. Due to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, your organization was required to change insurance companies to meet the guidelines and expectations within the ACA. Salaries increased in FY 2017 due to hiring new personnel. Utilizing the attached balance sheet, create a memo to the Board of Directors regarding the budget proposal for next fiscal year.

  • Using the provided balance sheet, identify three areas of budgetary concern.
  • Create a memo that identifies the three major areas of concern over the past year. For each of the three areas of concern:
    • Use the memo template in Microsoft Word (or another template) to format the memo.
    • Summarize the current status in 75 words or less.
    • Recommend one possible solution for improvement or sustainability for the Board to consider when voting to approve next year’s budget.
 
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Weapons Of Mass Surveillance

Background:

Using the following links, watch these 2 films from the BBC.

1 ► Weapons of Mass Surveillance: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-40531967/weapons-of-mass-surveillance

2 ► In your face: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-42248056/in-your-face-china-s-all-seeing-state

These two examples show the advancements in surveillance in countries outside the US.

Requirements:

Watch both the films, analyze and answer the three given questions.

1. Is this something we should live with?

2. Cities like San Francisco have banned these systems to protect privacy. Should they be banned?

3. Is there a policy that you would recommend to protect privacy? (do some research to backup your answer).Use outside sources, including citations, and write a 1-2 page paper.

 
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DEPRESSION AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS (MALE & FEMALE)

TOPIC: ***DEPRESSION AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS (MALE & FEMALE)***

PLEASE READ RUBRIC AND FOLLOW EACH INSTRUCTION WORD FOR WORD

Infographic and paper: Use course readings, assignments, documentaries, lectures, and/or news to submit a 3-page paper and create an infographic on a real-world health issue of your choosing. Paper must be double-spaced, in Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins all around. Include in-text references and a reference page for any materials you cite using APA citation formatting. Midterm paper must be submitted on Canvas prior to class, on its due date (Oct 10th), and the infographic must be shared during class on the midterm due date during a poster session. You can choose to work in pairs or solo on this midterm.  If you work in pairs, you will receive the same grade for the paper and infographic. The health issue you select must be policy driven. Students are required to present about the issue they researched as well as an infographic in class on Oct 10th during a poster session.

The goal of this midterm project is to inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.  This is a core function of policy development and is the 3rd function of the 10 Essential Public Health Services.

  • Writing your Paper:
    • Using the Centers for       Disease Control Policy Analytical Framework as a guide, students must follow key steps and conclude with a       strategy/policy for addressing this issue. https://www.cdc.gov/policy/analysis/process/docs/cdcpolicyanalyticalframework.pdf
    • Include in-text       references and a reference page for any materials you cite using APA       citation formatting.
  • Creating      your Infographic:
    • Students can use https://piktochart.com/ to design       their infographic and have it sent to Staples or another printing company       for printing. I recommend having       it printed as an 18”x24” poster. You can then mount it on foam core/foam board.
    • You can also choose to       use a trifold.
    • Students must translate       issue/problem, data, and policy strategy/call to action, and what the       impact of this policy will be in a concise infographic, and be able to       respond to questions about his/her topic area.

You must answer the following questions in your midterm paper!

Policy Framework – Answer the following questions in your paper)

1. Identify problem or issue (be specific)

a. Create a problem statement (frame the problem in a way that lends itself to potential policy solutions)

b. Synthesize data on the characteristics of problem or issue

i. burden of people affected (how many people it affects)

ii. frequency (how often)

iii. severity (how serious the problem is)

iv. scope (the range of outcomes it affects) * (does it cause or contribute to cancer, stroke, heart attacks, obesity, etc.)

v. identify the economic impact

vi. identify any gaps in data

2. Identify and describe appropriate policy solutions

a. Assess policy options

i. Research possible policy options and include at least two of them in your paper. If only one policy option exists, include it and state that there are not any additional policy options. If no policy options currently exist, state this and make policy recommendations. If policy options exist, but are not included, students will have points deducted.

ii. Review literature on topic and cite, survey best practices, and do an environmental scan to understand what others are doing. In other words, find out what programs, policies, regulations, and/or laws exist to address this issue, describe what is being done and by whom.

iii. How have these options impacted morbidity and mortality?

iv. What is the cost to implement these policies?

b. Prioritize policy option(s)

i. Identify the policy you have selected to address your issue and state why. (Was it more financially feasible?  Did it have the highest impact on morbidity and mortality?) While you may include more than one policy option or strategy to address this issue, I encourage you to select one if possible.

3. Develop a strategy for adoption of a policy solution

a. Identify your strategy for getting the policy adopted and how the policy will operate

i. Identify key stakeholders and your strategy for engaging them (stakeholders can be companies, organizations, schools, non-profits, students, parents, etc.)

ii. Describe how the policy will operate and what was is needed for policy enactment (financial resources, stakeholders, incentives, standing order from a physician, etc.)

iii. Describe what you believe the short-term and long-term impacts of this policy will be.

You must include the following in your infographic!

Students must translate issue/problem, data, and policy strategy/call to action in a concise infographic, and be able to respond to questions about his/her topic area.

1. The problem – Create a title that catches the eyes of your audience.

2. Data to explain the problem – Use the most relevant and eye-opening data points.

3. Policy/strategy/call to action – What do you want us to do? Or How can this issue be addressed?

4. Impact – Describe the impact of your enacted policy.

Grading Rubric: Your paper will be worth 75% of your grade. The infographic will be worth 25% of your grade.

 

25 points

Introduction: How well did the student(s) describe the   problem and synthesize data? Did s/he:

· identify the burden of people affected (how   many people it affects)

· describe the frequency (how often)

· address the severity (how serious the problem   is)

· describe the scope (the range of outcomes it   affects) * (does it cause or contribute to cancer, stroke, heart attacks,   obesity, etc.)

· identify the economic impact

· identify any gaps in data

 

25 points

Body: How well did the student(s) assess and   prioritize policy options?

· Research possible policy options and include   at least two of them in your paper. If   only one policy option exists, include it and state that there are not any   additional policy options. If no   policy options currently exist, state this and make policy recommendations. *If policy options exist, but are not   included, students will have points deducted.

· Review literature on topic and cite, survey   best practices, and do an environmental scan to understand what others are   doing. In other words, review   recommendations from CDC, NIH, SAMHSA, journal articles, and/or relevant   entities to understand policy recommendations for your issue. Find out what programs, policies,   regulations, and/or laws exist to address this issue, describe what is being   done and by whom.

· How have these options impacted morbidity and   mortality?

· What is the cost to implement these policies?

· Identify the policy you have selected to   address your issue and state why.

 

25 points

Conclusion: How   well did the student(s) describe how the policy will operate, identify   stakeholders and how they will be engaged in the process, and how they   believe the policy will impact morbidity and mortality.

· Identify key stakeholders and your strategy   for engaging them (stakeholders can be companies, organizations, schools,   non-profits, students, parents, etc.)

· Identify how the policy will operate and what   was is needed for policy enactment (financial resources, stakeholders,   incentives, standing order from a physician, etc.)

· Describe what you believe the short-term and   long-term impacts of this policy will be.

 

25 points

Infographic: Did student(s) clearly and concisely   state the problem, provide data points, include a policy/strategy/call to   action?

· Was the problem/issue clear, including the   problem and supporting data?

· Was there a clear policy-driven call to   action?

· Was the outcome(s) of the enacted policy   described?

· Was the layout clear and concise?

· Student(s) must be able to respond to   questions about his/her topic.

 
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Project: Software For Team Collaboration

Instructions

In recent years there has been incredible growth in the number of software applications that have been designed to help support project management and project management teams. These software options are quite diverse, with individual applications being designed to fit both particular industry knishes as well as different types of project groups with varying constituencies and makeups. With this huge variety of applications available, it is important for project managers to understand the capabilities of several systems, as well as being able to select a system that best meets the needs of the project team that they are managing. In some cases, project groups will use pre-selected software packages, but in other groups, the project manager may have the liberty to select applications that are the best fit for that team.

In this assignment, we will be evaluating web-based project management tools that are primarily designed to help manage team interaction and project reporting. In a later assignment, we will be evaluating other tools that are more specifically designed to create schedules and reports.

Choose one of the services listed below and write a short review of its features and benefits. Be sure to include the following in your evaluation:

Are the features of this software?
How does this software facilitate group interaction?
How does this software facilitate the sharing of files or project updates?
Who do you believe is the primary Market for this service?
Thinking about your own project, with this software be a good fit? Why or why not?

** An important note: each of the listed packages has the option for you to create a free or trial account. Do not use a paid account to complete this evaluation.

All assignments should be completed in a Word document using correct APA formatting (Headers, one-inch margins, and double spacing, title page and References page, etc.). Please complete the essay in a Microsoft Word document. Essays that are pasted into the Assignments area will not be accepted. The length of your essay response should be around 800 words. Points will be deducted for incorrect grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. All assignments should be uploaded here.

 

Assignment File(s)

  • Basecamp. https://basecamp.com
  • Basecamp tutorials. [Webpage] Retrieved from https://basecamp.com/help/2/videos
  • Freedcamp. https://freedcamp.com
  • Flow. https://www.getflow.com
  • Flow tutorials. [Webpage] Retrieved from https://www.getflow.com/support
  • Wrike. https://www.wrike.com
  • Wrike tutorials. [Webpage] Retrieved from https://help.wrike.com/hc/en-us/categories/201188625
  • Another application you have selected that is approved by your instructor
 
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SOCW 6051: Week 2 Journal

For this Week’s Journal, complete the following activities:

Part A

According to section 1.05(c) Cultural Awareness and Social Diversity of the NASW (2017) Code of Ethics, “Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical ability.”

National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English

Instructions: The table below shows a list of Social Identities. Place an X in the box to signify whether you hold privilege or lack privilege based on that identity. Then briefly explain why you identified as holding or lacking privilege. Provide a concrete example to demonstrate your understanding of privilege related to this specific identity characteristic. In the final column, provide a brief narrative about why you hold or lack privilege based on that specific identity.

Your place of privilege is often determined by the perceived social group in which society places you, and privilege varies depending on the context and intersecting identities. You may hold a position of privilege with one identity, while simultaneously holding a position which lacks privilege from another identity. You will not be graded on how you self-identify. The goal is to engage in self-reflection and critical thought. You may choose not to disclose any identity. If you prefer not to state, explain which groups hold privilege based on that identity characteristic and how that affects other groups.

Social Identity Hold

Privilege

Lack Privilege Prefer Not to State Why?
Example:[Social Identity] x I identify as OR Other people identify me as ____. This identity holds [does not hold] a position of privilege in society because…

In US culture, [this identity] is considered the “norm.”

A specific example of the privilege [or lack of privilege] that I experience is seeing [not seeing] positive representations of people who look or believe like me in the mass media. This is a privilege [or lack of privilege] because…

My experience with this identity characteristic is…

Race/Ethnicity X I identify as an African American. As per the African American history, most of the forefathers of the race migrated into the US as a result of slavery. It is due to such a history that African Americans have been an inferior race in the US as most of the other races do not consider African Americans as belonging in the US. Such inferiority has resulted in a lack of privileges among African Americans.

For instance, African Americans often have a hard time accessing public resources or even funds as they are viewed as a lower race compared to others. The same goes for positions of leadership where few African Americans, after a lot of struggle, have managed to get the positions. Take the case of the presidency where among the 45 presidents in the US, only one was of African American race.

My experience with this identity is that I have to put more effort than my counterparts since most people have a negative mindset about African Americans in the US.

Color x I identify as black. This identity lacks privilege in the US since white is considered as the default or norm. Such lack of privileges is evidenced by the small numbers of blacks in governance and in ownership of property among others.

In the US, blacks are considered untrustworthy and violent. An example of such a perception is shown in stores when blacks are followed around when shopping as they are thought to be prone to shoplifting.

My experience with this identity has been discouraging as I have lost opportunities due to my race sometimes even without knowing.

Sex x I identify as a female. Due to the male-dominated society, especially in terms of power and influence, the female identity lacks privileges. An example is a case where a leadership opportunity occurs and the society readily accepts the idea of a man taking the leadership role as opposed to a woman. Such a mentality explains why among the 45 presidents the US has had, no woman has made it to the seat so far. Moreover, most religions advocate for men to take leadership roles, which makes it harder for women.

My experience with this identity, a black African American female, is that my views or opinions are often undervalued and thus making my career progression slow down.

Sexual Orientation x I identify as a heterosexual. This identity holds privilege as it is considered the norm in the US culture. Being a heterosexual is readily accepted in the US and in most cases advantageous. For example, it is easier for a heterosexual family man or woman to obtain a home in almost all neighborhoods as opposed to their counterparts.

My experience with this identity is that I am readily accepted in most societal organizations such as schools, religious places, neighborhoods.

Gender Identity or Expression X I identify as a cisgender since my self-identity is in line with the gender I was assigned at birth. Being a cisgender holds privileges as it is considered the norm in the US culture. For instance, I experience no opposition or conflicts when buying items related to my gender such as clothes or makeup or even going to the bathrooms.

My experience as a cisgender is that I rarely have a hard time getting a partner due to a large number of heterosexual cisgenders as they are considered as the norm in US culture.

National Origin
Immigration Status
Age
Marital Status
Political Belief
Religion

PART B:

According to the preamble to the NASW (2017) Code of Ethics, “The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.”

However, addressing social oppression often means challenging our own positions of power and privilege. This can evoke difficult emotions, and there may be times you will want to disengage from the work. As a social worker, it is essential to engage in critical reflection so that unexamined personal bias does not negatively affect client interaction.

Instructions: Based on your experience completing Part A, answer the reflective questions in the Table below. Responses should be short answer and demonstrate critical thought and self-reflection.

Question Response
What feelings did you experience when identifying positions of privilege?
Why do you think you experienced these feelings?
What feelings did you experience when identifying identities that may lack privilege?
Why do you think you experienced these feelings?
How may these feelings help or hinder your ability to competently engage in culturally aware social work services?
What does it mean that social identity and privilege are socially constructed?
What are specific steps that you will take during this quarter to develop your understanding of concepts presented and be willing to consider diverse perspectives?

PART C

Social Workers advocate for human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice. The reasons that social workers engage in critical reflection is to be able to identify their own positionally, disrupt their role in oppressive structures, and use their power and privileges to advocate for social justice for all groups. For this part of the journal, you examine environmental justice.

According to the Council on Social Work Education (2015):

Environmental justice occurs when all people equally experience high levels of environmental protection and no group or community is excluded from the environmental policy decision-making process, nor is affected by a disproportionate impact from environmental hazards. Environmental justice affirms the ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, respect for cultural and biological diversity, and the right to be free from ecological destruction. This includes responsible use of ecological resources, including the land, water, air, and food. (p. 20)

CSWE. (2015). 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards for Baccalaureate and Master’s Social Work Programs. Retrieved from https://www.cswe.org/getattachment/Accreditation/Standards-and-Policies/2015-EPAS/2015EPASandGlossary.pdf.aspx

Instructions : Using the table below answer the following questions. Responses should be short answer and demonstrate critical thought and self-reflection.

Questions Response
How is environmental justice related to human rights, social justice, and economic justice?
Describe two different locations within your community that when compared demonstrate environmental injustice. If possible, insert an image into this document showing the environment.
How do the identity characteristics you identified in Part A of this Journal influence your relationship to these two locations in your community?
What is the social worker’s role in addressing environmental justice?
What are specific steps you can take to address environment justice in your community?

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References

Joseph, R. P., Ainsworth, B. E., Keller, C., & Dodgson, J. E. (2015). Barriers to physical activity among African American women: an integrative review of the literature. Women & health55(6), 679-699.

Horsford, S. D., & Tillman, L. C. (Eds.). (2016). Intersectional identities and educational leadership of Black women in the USA. Routledge.

 
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Research proposal

1- Introduction:

1 – 1.5 Pages

2. Research Problem:

1 paragraph

3. Research objectives:

1 paragraph

4. Rationale for the Research:

1 – 2 paragraphs

5. Variables in research:

1 paragraph

6. Research hypothesis:

1 paragraph

7. Terminology:

1 – 2 pages

8. Research methodology:

1 – 3 paragraphs

9. Previous studies:

1-2

10. Work plan:

11. References:

1 – 3 pages

13. Appendices:

 
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idget

Assignment 6.  You are the CISO for Amalgamated Widget.  The company wants to protect the data link when employees visit the company website to work from home. Alice argues for using SSL and Tina argues for using IPsec.

a.  List arguments Alice might use in favor of SSL.

b.  List arguments Tina might use in favor of IPsec.

c.  Make a recommendation to the CIO

 
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Response To My Classmates Discussions In 4HOURStoday150 Words

Post by Nune Vardanyan

2 hours agoRe: Week 2 | Discussion – Who is God?

I have always known that God always has a plan. Even if we may not understand what it may be at first. There is always a reason behind it as well. Which tells me that God is all knowing, all mighty, patient, and caring. Those are the characteristics which were portrayed in Exodus in my opinion. A lot of people become angry and impatient when they fail to realize what Gods plan is at once. But I believe that we must all find it within ourselves to be patient and have faith that what is happening to us has a reason behind it and that God would never lead us towards a situation we could not handle or a situation which would be bad for us.  That is how we would have a stable relationship with God. Just like the Israelites remained patient and never lost their faith, we must do the same. Life is not all about always getting what you want and never being challenged. It is about being challenged, but throughout those challenges remaining true to yourself, your beliefs and in general everything you stand for. This is something I try to always remind myself when going through hard times.

Post by Jennifer AfalavaLilio

1 day agoWeek 2 – Who is God?

Who is God?

  • Think about ways in which God shows up in Exodus. Explore images of God in Exodus by offering 3-4 descriptors of God’s character.

In Exodus, God shows up in various ways. He is whomever He chooses to be, a burning bush, a miracle (staff and snake), a powerful God whose presence is felt and seen and a God of His word, he instructs Moses in Exodus 4:12, “I will help you speak and will teach what to say”.  He is a powerful God that demands obedience. He also showed up as plagues, He would speak and then it would be done. He was clear in the details of His instructions (especially when it came to Passover), a God of order. 

  • Then, suggest implications for what it would mean to have a relationship with this kind of God.

To have a connection with this God would be amazing. He performed miracles; he saved the Israelites from captivity. He showed love, compassion and yet He is still feared because of the miraculous things He did – plagues, parting the Red Sea and saving them from slavery. Blackburn suggests that God did these things so that the Egyptians and the Israelites would know Him (pg.75).  In other words, the Israelites being led out of Egypt was so that all people would know who God is and what He can do, to glorify Him.  The ultimate goal is that God’s people would have a connection with Him and be one with Him, following His instructions. 

 
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