That was the question asked during the Multiphase Study on Firefighter Safety and the Deployment of Resources, a joint venture including the International Association of Fire Fighters and International Association of Fire Chiefs. A column in the latest edition of NFPA Journal discusses how the study included the participation of more than 400 U.S. fire departments to assess which staffing levels, response times, and deployment of resources are ideal when responding to a variety of fire or EMS events.
Here's a snippet of the column, adapted from the NFPA publication Structural Fire Fighting by Ben Klaene and Russ Sanders:
The results, according to the study's website, will be “especially useful to the many fire departments across the nation that are challenged by budget crises, rising call volume, personnel and equipment shortages, security issues, and an overall expectation to do more with less.” These and other factors, all too often, are present in line-of-duty injuries and deaths among firefighters. Preliminary results from the high-rise experiments are expected early this summer, with full results and conclusions available early next year.