Fire Protection and Local Government

An Evaluation of Policy-Related Research

by Arthur J. Swersey, Edward Ignall, H. Corman, P. A. Armstrong, J. I. Weindling


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This evaluation of policy-related fire research is based upon reviews of 163 publications. Part I contains a discussion of fire service problems, a critical review of the literature relating to the major policy-related fire protection issues, and an agenda for future research. Part II contains detailed reviews of 163 publications evaluated, descriptions of computer-aided dispatch systems in 13 cities and bibliographic materials. The literature reviewed falls into the following areas: fire department organization; the cost, distribution, and effectiveness of fire protection; fire prevention; high-rise fire safety; fire and smoke behavior; life safety; early detection and sprinkler systems; the deployment and control of firefighting resources; fire department operations; and fire reporting systems and statistics. The following are major research needs: work aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of fire prevention strategies, cost-effectiveness analyses of sprinklers and detectors, a study of the costs and benefits of regional consolidation, and an analysis of fire data needs based upon a consideration of the policy uses for such data.

Table of Contents

  • Part I

    The Issues and the Research

  • Chapter 1

    Introduction, Scope and Methodology

  • Chapter 2

    The Problems and Needs of the Fire Service

  • Chapter 3


  • Chapter 4

    The Cost, Distribution, and Effectiveness of Fire Protection

  • Chapter 5

    Fire Prevention

  • Chapter 6

    High-Rise Fire Safety

  • Chapter 7

    Fire and Smoke Behavior

  • Chapter 8

    Life Safety

  • Chapter 9

    Early Detection and Sprinklers

  • Chapter 10

    The Deployment and Control of Fire-Fighting Resources

  • Chapter 11

    Fire Department Operations

  • Chapter 12

    Fire Reporting Systems and Statistics

  • Chapter 13

    Conclusions: An Assessment of Policy-Related Fire Research and an Agenda for Future Work

  • Part II

    Reviews, Appendixes, and Bibliographies

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