A Simulation Model of the New York City Fire Department

Its Use in Deployment Analysis

by Grace M. Carter, Edward Ignall, Warren Walker

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This paper describes some of the many uses that have been made of a simulation model that was developed as a tool to aid deployment decisionmaking for the New York City Fire Department. Results of simulations designed to evaluate new policies for locating, relocating, and dispatching fire-fighting units to achieve a more effective utilization of resources are presented. In addition, methodological issues concerning the design and use of the model are addressed.

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