Optimal staffing of a forest fire fighting organization Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • This paper deals with finding the optimal size of a forest fire fighting organization. Fire occurrence and fire growth rate are assumed to be random variables with given probability densities. An objective function representing the expected cost is developed by using probabilistic arguments. The resulting nonlinear programming problem with nonnegativity constraints is solved and an extensive sensitivity analysis is presented for cost related and noncost parameters of the problem.

publication date

  • August 1, 1984