Over the past four decades, there has been an
increasing interest in the problem of effective
facility location in many societies. The question
arises as to how many schools, hospitals, ambulances,
warehouses, fire stations, emergency centers are
needed and their respective locations to achieve a
prescribed level of service. This book is concerned
with the problem of locating emergency facilities
efficiently and effectively in cities. We develop
three new heuristic methods with the objective of
increasing accessibility to these facilities and thus
reducing their response time. This book details the
development, implementation, and testing of the three
new heuristics in addition to applying our best
heuristic to the location of ambulance stations in
the Perth metropolitan area in Western Australia.
Furthermore, we also developed an effective method
for locating new facilities among old facilities.
This book is well suited for students, lecturers,
researchers, and anyone who is interested in the
location and operation of emergency facilities in
some major cities such as New York, Austin, Los
Angeles, Denver, Vancouver, Bangkok, Taipei, Santo
Domingo and Belfast.