Title page for ETD etd-4498-142936

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bloom, Paul Sean
Author's Email Address pbloom@vt.edu
URN etd-4498-142936
Title Administrative and Political Implications of GIS Implementation within the Fire Service A Case Study of Norfolk, VA
Degree Master of Science
Department Geography
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Carstensen, Laurence William Jr. Committee Chair
Richardson, Bonham C. Committee Member
Stephenson, Max O. Jr. Committee Member
  • GIS
  • Fire
  • Democracy
Date of Defense 1998-04-24
Availability unrestricted
The advent of faster, cheaper, and more powerful computer hardware has led to the widespread integration of GIS technologies into decision making processes within local governments.

Most GIS literature has focused on the models and benefits that the technology can produce and not on the impacts that GIS has on the organization.

This research explores the political and administrative implications of utilizing a GIS to address a resource allocation problem within the Fire Service Administration of the City of Norfolk, VA.

A network model is employed to allocate rescue resources throughout the city in various configurations.

The goal of NFPS (Norfolk Fire and Paramedical Services) is to be able to cover the entire City of Norfolk within five minutes of travel time.

City and NFPS administrators evaluate various models based upon a provided questionnaire that focuses on the administrative and political viability of each of the models produced.

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