Spatial optimisation of fire service coverage: a case study of Brisbane, Australia

KC, K, Cocoran, J and Chhetri, P 2018, 'Spatial optimisation of fire service coverage: a case study of Brisbane, Australia', Geographical Research, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 270-284.

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Title Spatial optimisation of fire service coverage: a case study of Brisbane, Australia
Author(s) KC, K
Cocoran, J
Chhetri, P
Year 2018
Journal name Geographical Research
Volume number 56
Issue number 3
Start page 270
End page 284
Total pages 15
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract In the context of changing demand for fire services, spatial optimisation of fire coverage has attracted little scholarly attention despite its potential to improve emergency response and to inform future service planning for fire stations. Drawing on small area population forecasts, this paper extends the application of the Maximum Coverage Location Model to compute and delineate the spatial coverage of current and proposed new fire stations to align with population growth estimates for Brisbane, Australia. Our results reveal important gaps in fire cover that are likely to emerge as a result of predicted population growth, the spatial patterns of which varies across the Brisbane metropolitan area. We draw on these results to delineate a series of new potential sites for fire stations to ameliorate the reduction in spatial coverage as a consequence of predicted population growth demonstrating the utility of our analytic approach for decision-making and operational planning in the fire services.
Subject Transport Planning
Economic Geography
Keyword(s) location modelling
small area population estimates
residential fire
fire station
fire coverage
DOI - identifier 10.1111/1745-5871.12288
Copyright notice © 2018 Institute of Australian Geographers
ISSN 1745-5871
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