Fire Department Deployment Analysis

by Warren Walker


Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.9 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback24 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

In recent years fire departments in urban areas have experienced a sharp increase in demands for their services while their budgets have generally grown at a rate less than that of inflation. Many of these departments have turned to systems analysis for help, realizing that, if they do not use more effectively what resources they have, their level of service will diminish. The RAND Corporation has provided assistance to the New York City Fire Department and others over the past decade, concentrating on deployment policies, which tie available resources to their distribution and movement in the field. This paper first provides a brief overview of the deployment policies that have been analyzed with the help of mathematical models. This is followed by a more complete discussion of one of the policy questions: how should available fire companies be temporarily relocated to provide coverage when many other companies are busy fighting large fires?

This report is part of the RAND Corporation paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.