A Simulation Model of Fire Department Operations

Design and Preliminary Results

by Grace M. Carter, Edward Ignall


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A simulation model designed to compare different policies for locating, relocating, and dispatching fire-fighting units is described. Issues treated include the use of internal measures of performance as proxies for global ones, the use of analytical models for various subproblems to yield policies to be tested, and the handling of loss of life and other important but rare events. The SIMSCRIPT I.5 simulator and input and post-simulation analysis programs are described. Results that have been used by the New York City Fire Department are presented and analyzed.

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