A strategic approach for the ambulance covering of the province of Friesland

J.A.M. Schreuder, J.D. Macfarlane

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In the summer of 1995 the University of Twente, commissioned by the Province of Friesland, carried out research into the consequences of alternative locations for ambulances. The approach to this research was based on a network model, which represents the area to be covered. With this model the attendance times for the ambulances can be determined based on a shortest route algorithm. The attendance time is the time between the dispatching of the ambulance by Central Alarm after an emergency call and its arrival at the patient. The attendance times are compared with the norm as described by the Dutch law. The research concentrated on the Southwest and Northeast of the Province. In view of the norm of 15 minutes for the attendance time, the proposed alternative in the Southwest is the closing of one site and the moving of another. This is feasible under the condition that there will always be well-trained manpower available at the stations, and especially at the site which is moved. In the Northeast the moving of one post and the closure of another has no disadvantages with regard to attendance times. These conclusions appear to give a reliable picture of the real-world situation based on a conservative approach with the network model used, and, that higher travel speeds than those assumed are possible.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Department of Applied Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Publication series

NameMemorandum / Department of Mathematics
PublisherDepartment of Applied Mathematics, University of Twente
ISSN (Print)0169-2690


  • MSC-90C90
  • MSC-90B80
  • EWI-3282
  • IR-65652
  • MSC-90B90

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