federal regulations

Chapter 14

1.  List the federal regulations that may have an impact on ISO functions.

2.  To whom does the ASO-HM report at a hazmat technician-level incident?

3.  With whom does the ASO-HM likely work with at a typical hazmat technician-level incident?

4.  What are the IAP components that the ISO and ASO-HM are responsible for developing?

5.  Persons not trained for their hazmat incident assignments create two risks. What are they?

6.  In addition to the classic hot, warm, and cold zones, what other zones and areas need to be created for a hazmat incident?

7.  List the three hazmat rehab components that require close evaluation.

8.  What are the 10 federally required components of a hazmat response site safety plan?

9.  List five hazmat ancillary plans that may require ISO sign-off.

10.  List five or more alarming hazards at a clandestine drug lab incident.

11.  List and describe the three strategic goals for the ISO at a WMD/terrorist incident.

Chapter 15

1.  List several regulations that outline response requirements for technical rescue incidents.

2.  When should an ASO-RT be assigned at a technical rescue incident?

3.  For whom does the ASO-RT work at a technical rescue incident?

4.  What is meant by the “on-deck” system for crew rotation? What types of incidents should it be used for?

5.  List four specific hazards that are present when interfacing with medevac helicopters.

6.  A collapsed building made of cinder block walls and small timber beams should be classified as which type of collapse?

7.  List the issues that the ISO should address when developing a formal safety briefing for trench and confined space rescues.

8.  Describe the lighting tactics that should be used for a nighttime rope rescue event that requires responders to climb.

9.  Name five circumstances in which a duty ISO should implement a discretionary response to a reported motor vehicle accident.

10.  What is the difference between traffic barriers and traffic-calming strategies?

11.  Diagram a strategic approach to protect rescuers at roadway incidents.

12.  What do jet fuel, burnt plastics, and composite metals have in common at an aircraft incident?

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.).

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.

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.