Fire & Rescue Services

ORH understands the changing demands on fire and rescue services and the need for greater resilience and flexibility, often in the context of significant constraints on finance and resources.

We support organisations in their planning by identifying and appraising options for better service delivery. ORH has carried out studies of many aspects of fire service provision across both operations and control, including:

  • Risk cover improvements
  • Contingency planning
  • Dynamic cover
  • Alternative delivery models
  • Station location appraisal
  • Estate strategy development

At service-wide level ORH has completed strategic reviews for a diverse range of fire and rescue services, both in the UK and internationally. We have applied an evidence-based approach to fire services where population and demand is increasing, but also in supporting decision making regarding efficiency savings. This requires sophisticated forecasting and consulting with the service.

ORH combines analysis, modelling and consultancy to answer questions, such as:

Efficiency Savings:

How can a fire service make substantial financial savings with minimal impact on cover?
Read the case study: Supporting London Fire Brigade’s development of the London Safety Plan

Appliance Deployments:

What is the most appropriate way in which to deploy resources in a rural fire service?
Read the case study: Front-line Deployment of Pumping Appliances for Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service

Increasing Demand:

How should a fire department plan future locations in a city with a rapidly increasing population?
Read the case study: Fire Station Study for Goodyear Fire Department

New Vehicle Types:

What is the potential for an alternative delivery model for emergency response?
Read the case study: Evaluating Brigade Response Vehicles for West Midlands Fire Service

Dynamic Cover:

How can innovative software help control room staff dynamically manage resources?
Read the case study: Implementing the Dynamic Cover Tool at Surrey Fire & Rescue Service

Station Locations:

What are the optimal fire station locations for a service responding to fire and medical demand?
Read the case study: Fire Station Location Study for Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department

Service Appraisal:

How can analysis and modelling supporting strategic planning in a European capital city?
Read the case study: Service Analysis and Initial Modelling for Greater Stockholm Fire Brigade

ORH is the trading name of Operational Research in Health Limited, a company registered in England with company number 2676859.

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