Title page for ETD etd-04242005-224858

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zendel, Alexander Mark
URN etd-04242005-224858
Title Investigating the Role of Location-Allocation Models in Planning the Locations of Dry Fire Hydrants
Degree Master of Science
Department Geography
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Carstensen, Laurence William Jr. Committee Chair
Dymond, Randel L. Committee Member
Zedaker, Shepard M. Committee Member
  • Suppression
  • Location-Allocation
  • Dry Hydrants
  • Wildfire
Date of Defense 2005-02-18
Availability unrestricted
The absence of water mains in rural areas has the potential to seriously complicate

rural wildfire and structure fire suppression. The installation of dry fire hydrants can

tremendously reduce these difficulties. But fire managers must then decide where to

place these hydrants to efficiently and effectively serve their area of concern. This thesis investigates the role of GIS location-allocation model (LAMs) as a tool to aid fire

managers in planning the locations of numerous dry hydrants. LAMs are designed to

place central service facilities in a configuration that optimally serves geographically

dispersed demand. One of the objectives of this thesis is to determine whether or not this

optimization is achieved based on the management needs of the Virginia Department of

Forestry. Many variations of LAMs are examined and the most appropriate model, the

Maximal Covering Location Problem (MCLP), is selected. The flexibility of the MCLP

model is then tested by imposing fine manipulations of hydrant demand weighting


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