Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Staffing the Contemporary Fire Department: A Decision Model

Volunteer fire departments in many communities are experiencing serious problems related to providing sufficient staffing. A number of experts have indicated that there are certain time periods during the day when an insufficient number of fire department members are available to deliver an effective level of fire protection; while there are other time periods when a sufficient number of volunteer members are available to respond. This paper presents a decision-making framework designed to assist in making decisions as to when the time has come to supplement volunteer members with paid, career personnel.