Fire Protection and Local Government
An Evaluation of Policy-Related Research
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Prefatory Material, Chapters 1 - 13
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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.