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    Default Call volume and acreage

    I don't have a problem coming up with call volume and since we don't perform EMS that is not an issue. My problem is we don't track acres burned for brush fires.

    Does anybody have any suggestions how to handle that part of the application.

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    Make a SWAG*

    *scientific wild *****ed guess!

    Nobody goes out and actually measures the areas that are burned... according to the figures gathered by the State Fire Marshal's office, the area of wildland burned each year in Massachusetts is roughly the entire state. It isn't an exact science...
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    Just make sure it is a reasonably accurate guess! Take a farmer with you and visit your past burns, they can pretty much size out a site by visual estimate that is sometimes surpisingly accurate. In a past life (prior to grants)I was a former land surveyor and was sometimes amazed at how close they could guess the actual size at.
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    Buy a GPS unit that lets you calculate area. Garmin makes several models. Then all you have to do is walk the fire perimeter and it will tell you the size of the area burned.

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    Or pay the $20 bucks for the upgraded version of Google Earth and then draw in the areas from an aerial at altitude and let it calculate it for you.
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