Accession Number:

ADA022151

Title:

The Relationship between Fire-Fighting Unit Availability and the Number of Units Dispatched,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

An important characteristic of a dispatching policy is the number of units sent to an incoming alarm. A common dispatching policy when alarm assignment cards running cards are used often sends whichever units are available from a particular group of units. Under this kind of policy, on the average, fewer units will be sent to an alarm in a busy part of the city than to one in a region with low alarm rate. This is a reflection of the reduced unit availability in the busy region. In this paper, a simple quantitative relationship between average availability and average number of units sent is documented.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Operations Research
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE