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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Change, change, change...

It has been a month and a half since I posted but my absence has been due more to the amount of work that I have had to finish.  A new shift bid is being prepared for the 140 paramedics and EMT-B's at my station, one that involves rotating weekends off.  And many other projects that need attention.

Some changes and restructuring of EMS in the San Francisco Fire Department is in the works but more to follow in a later post.


  1. Seb, so many companies and districts around the country are adjusting their coverage and schedules in the face of the continued fallout from the reduced tax intake during the recent (ongoing?) recession. My question for leaders like you is what tools are you and others like you using to analyze response needs and howuch store do you put in the newer data analyzing and projection systems that are coming out?

  2. Hi Jamie,

    We currently use the traditional Stout SSM methodology to look at historical usage and geographical pin mapping to create our current deployment schedules. It is due to the fact that we have no funds to utilize the new systems such as Siren Live. Our communications center uses Deccan CAD Analyst for daily operational deployment and we are still trying to migrate to MARVLIS on our back end to replace our old Stout based analysis.

    As for how much store we put in the new products, you have to look at the underlying methodology that the new tools use. Many of them draw their output from the Operations Research research from the work of Laporte from Montreal, Ingolfsson from Alberta et. al. The software is only as sound as the mathematical models upon which they build the algorithms. I do know that we have had to reduce the unit hours 13% over the past three years and we are still meeting the mandated EMS response time goals for the transport ambulance in our system.