Reasons for a new station?
What is the typical constraint put on a fire station that would require a new station to be brought online? Is it that there are too many calls for one station to handle or as a community expands does the travel time/distance get so great that the response time requires a new station? Both? Maybe there is no typical?
Many thanks in advance or any input. I'm new to these forums and if this should be posted someplace else please advise.
re: Reasons for a new station?
PaladinKnight, thank you very much for that detailed response. I have to admit, sheepishly, that most of the information you provided is lost on me. I am not in emergency services but a county transportation planner. I am working on our road design standards with our public works department and putting together an argument to require either a grid type road system or some alternative that has a very high degree of connectivity. While developing the argument for such a thing I found the following (among others):
The information in the presentation suggests that the (typical) constraint for stations is not the "call load" but rather the travel time/physical distance. The presenter goes on to make the leap that if they had a better street network, such as a traditional grid one station could serve a greater area resulting in cost savings (by expanding the area of stations rather than requiring new stations).
I was wondering if the "call load over distance/time" is a reliable rule of thumb or if the information presented was more specific or "typical" to his jurisdiction. The amount of information provided by you leads me to believe that there may not be a reliable rule of thumb?
You seem to suggest the call load may not be the critical metric where you state, "This is especially difficult where roads are not necessarily straight or in a grid pattern". However, now that you better understand the context of my request and my *ahem* limited *ahem* knowledge of the field you may wish to modify the information so a lay-person does not inadvertently mis-interpret the info.
Again, thank you very much for the feedback and any other guidance you can provide.