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A Simulation Model of the New York City Fire Department: Its Use in Deployment Analysis,
NEW YORK CITY-RAND INST N Y
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The paper describes a simulation model developed as a tool to aid deployment decision-making for the New York City Fire Department. The model, written in Simscript I.5, has been used to evaluate alternative solutions to workload and response problems plaguing the city. These solutions involve new policies for locating, relocating and dispatching fire-fighting units to achieve a more effective utilization of resources. Several specific applications of the simulation are described. In addition, methodological issues concerning the design and use of the model are addressed.
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