Research Details

Decision Support Technology for Public Safety Resource Allocation: Location of Fire Stations in a Fiscally Constrained Environment


The City of Pittsburgh is facing a severe financial crisis and seeks strategies to reduce expenditures while maintaining an acceptable quality of services. Currently the Bureau of Fire accounts for nearly twenty percent of the City’s expenses, and evidence from cities of similar size to Pittsburgh suggests that fire service expenditures may be one source of fiscal economies. This report represents the culmination of efforts to design and implement an information system to aid City decision makers in designing policy alternatives for fire services design. This decision support methodology generates service characteristics for existing and proposed station configurations of Bureau of Fire services in the City of Pittsburgh. Additionally, this methodology develops alternative station configurations that optimize stated goals of the decision makers.

Publication Year: 2004
Type: Working Paper

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