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A Parametric Model for the Allocation of Fire Companies in New York City

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  • Kenneth Lloyd Rider

    (Chief Financial Planning Analyst, Office of the Special Deputy Comptroller for New York City)

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    A fire department, in order to balance equitably its resources throughout a city, must consider several often conflicting objectives. This paper describes an allocation method that avoids the difficulty of choosing an objective in advance by allowing the decision-maker to enumerate a range of criteria by varying a trade-off parameter. The method uses travel time to fires as a measure of system performance and generates allocations satisfying criteria ranging from the minimization of city-wide travel time to the equalization of average travel times in different regions. A comparison of the allocations generated by the model to the current allocation of fire companies in New York City shows that one value of the trade-off parameter produces results that correspond closely to the current allocation policy. An example of how the model can be used as a policy tool is given.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 23 (1976)
    Issue (Month): 2 (October)
    Pages: 146-158

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:23:y:1976:i:2:p:146-158

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