Optimizing Ambulance Positioning to Reduce Response Time

The Problem

Ambulance response time to medical emergencies is a key metric in evaluating the effectiveness of a regional emergency medical system. Positioning of ambulances and crews while not involved in making a response is felt to be a key determinant in reducing response times to an emergency.


Apply operational management techniques and modeling to determine optimum ambulance location to reduce response times.


This project uses operational research and optimization methodologies.

Potential Impact

Reducing ambulance travel distance and time means EMS crews could get to emergencies and back to hospitals more quickly. It also aims to help keep EMS crews safe by requiring them to travel fewer miles, thereby reducing the potential for accidents.

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