Select one of the 16 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) Life Safety Initiatives that needs the most attention in
your department. The initiatives can be found at this link:
Write a one-page essay on why your department needs to focus on this particular initiative and what you recommend
changing. Identify the culture and behaviors in your department related to safety that this initiative will address. Describe
what behavioral changes are expected to occur as part of the initiative. Also, discuss how your selected initiative addresses
personal and organizational accountability. Be sure to include an introduction to your essay. All content must follow APA
guidelines, including all sources used, which must be cited and referenced according to APA standards.
If you would like a refresher on writing essays, including introductions and conclusions, consider watching the tutorial
located here.
If you would like a guide on APA and citations, please download the PDF available here.
Information about accessing the grading rubric for this assignment is provided below.
Grading Rubrics
This course utilizes analytic grading rubrics as tools for your professor in assigning grades for all learning activities. Each
rubric serves as a guide that communicates the expectations of the learning activity and describes the criteria for each level
of achievement. In addition, a rubric is a reference tool that lists evaluation criteria and can help you organize your efforts to
meet the requirements of that learning activity. It is imperative for you to familiarize yourself with these rubrics because
these are the primary tools your professor uses for assessing learning activities.
Rubric categories include (1) Journal, (2) Assessment (Written Response), and (3) Assignment. However, it is possible that
not all of the listed rubric types will be used in a single course (e.g., some courses may not have Assessments).
The Journal rubric can be found within Unit I’s Journal submission instructions.
The Assessment (Written Response) rubric can be found embedded in a link within the directions for each Unit
Assessment. However, these rubrics will only be used when written-response questions appear within the Assessment.
Each Assignment type (e.g., article critique, case study, research paper) will have its own rubric. The Assignment rubrics
are built into Blackboard, allowing students to review them prior to beginning the Assignment and again once the
Assignment has been scored. This rubric can be accessed via the Assignment link located within the unit where it is to be
submitted. Students may also access the rubric through the course menu by selecting “Tools” and then “My Grades.”
Again, it is vitallyimportant for you to become familiar with these rubrics because their application to your
Journals, Assessments, and Assignments is the method bywhich your instructor assigns all grades.
Course Textbook(s)
Ford, T. M. (2017). Fire and emergency services safety and survival (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson.

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