Explain why academic education not only provides specific information and knowledge but also expands critical thinking skills for the individual.

Question 1InstructionsAs the new fire and emergency services (FES) administrator, one of your goals is to make sure you reinforce the four pillars of professional development, which are listed below.
dynamic training,
academic education,
relevant experience, and
continuing education.
You want the training program to include the fundamentals of academic education as one of your goals. You are considering a traditional in-service training program and are relying on your personnel to bring their knowledge and experience to the training. However, you realize that this could lack consistency because of the number of stations, different shifts, and personnel so you decide to create a podcast that could be reviewed.
Section IIn this section, you will complete the outcomes for the second pillar—academic education. Click here to access theGoal 2 document, which does not have all of the outcomes completed. The outcomes should emphasize academic education being important within all ranks of the organization. Under the “Tactics” column, the first tactic (i.e., “Train 90% of firefighters in the four pillars of professional development in order to fully commit to a high degree of professionalism and competence”) has the outcome listed to represent what is expected for this assignment.
Compile and insert specific outcomes for the remaining tasks listed.
Section IIIn this section, you will create a short podcast episode. The podcast should address how you are going to implement Goal 2 and how academic education can help FES organizations respond to current or emerging events or trends. You will need a written transcript to address the requirements set forth above.
Podcasting can be used as an effective educational tool when communicating with your personnel. Many individuals enjoy listening to their favorite podcasts while commuting to work or even while completing household chores. Podcasting allows FES administrators to broadcast engaging audio content, which firefighters can then listen to at any time and wherever they are.
You should review this unit’s lesson and readings regarding effective delivery techniques for podcasts and communicating with firefighters of the Washington Fire Department. While a podcast is shorter and more informal than a lecture, keep in mind that the use of technology must not overshadow the message.
Within your podcast, include the items listed below.
Include an introduction about yourself and your agency.
Provide a description of the importance of the academic educational component of professional development within all ranks of FES using Goal 2 outcomes.
Explain why academic education not only provides specific information and knowledge but also expands critical thinking skills for the individual.
Include a conclusion that discusses the academic educational component of professional development.
Your audio podcast will be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 minutes. You may record your podcast using any tool or software that produces a standard audio file (e.g., mp3 file)
You will insert your audio file into a Word document, and you will then add a clear transcript of your podcast, which should be a minimum of two pages in length. The transcript is simply a written version of your audio podcast. You may find it helpful to draft the transcript first and then read it while recording your podcast.
Click here to access instructions on how to insert an audio file into a Word document.
Please include a title page with your final submission.
You will submit two separate files to Blackboard for this assignment. Complete and submit the Section I document (Goal 2), and submit the Section II document (podcast link and podcast transcript in Word).
Question 2
InstructionsAs the new fire and emergency services (FES) administrator, one of your goals is to ensure the health and safety of your personnel. As you are discussing the need to improve the health and safety of your firefighters, you are called to respond to a large-scale mass shooting incident involving a neighboring fire department. You are a part of the regional disaster response team for the state and are normally assigned to act as the planning section chief of the incident. You are tasked to develop strategies and plans to evaluate staffing and supervisory needs in the incident command post, identify resource shortfalls, update planning documents, and forecast future needs of the fire department.
In this assignment, as the planning section chief, you will need to review the background information, which can be accessed by clicking here . Then, complete an Incident Action Plan (IAP) using Incident Command System (ICS) Forms 215 and 215A. You will be responsible for the planning responsibilities found in Appendix F: Planning Responsibilities Checklist in the National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice textbook (pp. 265–267), which provides a checklist to help in the planning of strategies to achieve incident objectives needed for an incident such as this mass shooting.
Refer to the opening paragraph of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Action Planning Guide (p. 22) in the Required Unit Resources concerning operational planning. As a part of this process, complete ICS Form 215 and 215A, and submit it to the instructor. You can use your organization’s personnel, apparatus, and equipment or another organization’s personnel, apparatus, and equipment for any information not provided in the background information.
Click here to access ICS Form 215, and click here to access ICS Form 215A. In the forms, enter the data from the background information and other resources, such as your own fire department. Click here to access an example ICS Form 215, and click here to access an example ICS Form 215A; these examples are provided as reference to illustrate properly completed ICS forms. On the example ICS forms, some minor areas may not be complete, which you will need to complete on your forms for this assignment. The example ICS forms are for reference only, and this information does not pertain to this assignment. You need to use the background information and other resources (your firehouse) to assist you in completing both ICS forms. Check with your professor if you are having difficulty with any section of the forms.
After completing the ICS forms, write a two-page narrative (Word document) describing whether your FES organization has a progressive health and safety program. Does the program recognize the impact of repeated exposure to traumatic injuries and deaths and the effect it may have on the organization and its members? If your FES organization does not have a progressive health and safety program, describe a comprehensive health and safety program that could benefit FES organizations in the scenario.
You must use at least three sources to support your IAP results and narrative. One of the sources must be one of your textbooks. All sources used, including the textbooks, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations following proper APA style format. You must have a title page and a reference page.
You will submit three separate documents to Blackboard. Submit all three documents (ICS Form 215, ICS Form 215A, and the Word document with your narrative) to your instructor.

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