Building fire and alarm fire response time

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Subject Area:Mathematics

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The report also offers a difference between the response time in the two incidences, the fire alarm and building fire before giving recommendations and conclusion based on findings. Introduction We live in a world where we can obtain data almost from anything. This data in its raw form is usually useless. It needs to be converted into useful information. For instance, if the fire department is called to respond to an emergency and it takes them just three minutes to get to the incidence scene, then that would be viewed as both data and information. Between receiving calls, the team takes some time to prepare and dispatch, they spend some time on the way and upon arrival they take some time to clear the issue.

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These are issues which the report is compiling, looking at their differences, with the goal to explain any variations. Fire Alarm Time on Task The data is for a three year period, from first January 2014 to 31st December 2016. Even though there are several emergency incidences on the recording sheet, the focus in this case is on fire alarms and how the team responds to them. From the data, the minimum time from the time the call is received to when the team is dispatched is 13 seconds, which is really fast. However, the minimum and maximum values look like outliers, as it takes a maximum of 1 hour 27 minutes and 3 seconds for a team to arrive at the incidence scene. In the lower end, it takes the fastest team just 46 seconds to be at the scene.

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Whereas we can assume that the minimum time is due to a fact that team incident scene might have been just too near, in the case of the maximum time, there is an important policy issue to address. It would be possible that the team experienced technical hitches on the way, or they had to travel a large distance to the scene. Either way, there should be a solution given such time is enough for significant property damage, or even loss of life to happen. The standard deviation for the data is 53 minutes and 15 seconds. Building Fire Time on Task The case for building fire is a little different for the fire alarms, which is the situation where the fire department is called to attend to a building which is already on fire.

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The team takes an average of one minute 25 seconds between receiving a call and dispatching their team. This is evidently higher than it takes to respond to the fire alarm, where the average is 45 seconds. A lot of issues would explain this, but the most logical is that whereas they are certainly in the case of a building fire, they are not sure about the state of alarm fire. Similarly, it is possible that all alarm fire calls coming in may just be a case of raising the alarm before anything major happens. That means the team can arrive and sort the issue quicker, than when handling a fire which has already started in the building. In this case, the response time is of the critical essence if the principal goal of dispatching the team has to be met, which is to minimize property loss and possible loss of human life in the incidence.

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