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Case:River city fire department-Staffing problem

The staff for each unit, the additional firefighters to cover daily absents, the probability of overtime work and with 3 a unit organization, how many firefighters for each unit and the total number of full time firefighters for the department. This is a case problem from my Applied Decision Methods course taken from Chapter 10 on Inventory Models, of the textbook, 12th edition "An Introduction to Management Science, Quantitative Approaches to Decision Making, and the chapter deals with approaches management scientists use to assistant manager in establishing low-cost inventory policies. I need help to develop a Managerial Report based on the information given here and as noted on the attached file for questions 1, 2, & 3.

Case Problem 2 River City Fire Department

The River City Fire Department (RCFD) fights fires and provides a variety of rescue operations in the river City metropolitan area. The RCFD staffs 13 ladder companies, 26 pumper companies, and several rescue units and ambulances. Normal staffing requires 186 fire-fighters to be on duty every day.

RCFD is organized with three firefighting units. Each unit works, a full 24-hour day and then has two days (48 hours) off. For example, Unit 1 covers Monday, Unit 2 covers Tuesday, and Unit 3 covers Wednesday. Then Unit 1 returns on Thursday, and so on. Over a three week (21- day) scheduling period, each unit will be scheduled for seven days. On a rotational basis, firefighters within each unit are given one of the seven regularly scheduled days off. This day of is referred to as a Kelley day. Thus, over a three-week scheduling period. Each firefighter in a unit works six of the seven scheduled unit days and gets one Kelly day off.

Determining the number of firefighters to be assigned to each unit includes the 186 firefighters who must be on duty plus the number of firefighters in the unit who are off for a Kelley day. Furthermore, each unit needs additional staffing to cover firefighter absences due to injury, sick leave, vacations, or personal time. This additional staffing involves finding the best mix of adding full-time firefighters to each unit and the selective use of overtime. If the number of absences on a particular day brings the number of available firefighters below the required 186, firefighters who are currently off (e.g., on a Kelly day) must be scheduled to work overtime. Overtime is compensated at 1.55 times the regular pay rate.

Analysis of the records maintained over the last several years concerning the number of daily absences shows a normal probability distribution. A mean of 20 and a standard deviation of 5 provide a good approximation of the probability distribution for the number of daily absences.

MANAGERIAL REPORT--

-Develop a report that will enable Fire Chief O. E. Smith to determine the necessary numbers for the Fire Department, Include, a minimum, the following items in your report.

1. Assuming no daily absences and taking into account the need to staff Kelley days, determine the base number of firefighters needed by each unit.

2. Using a minimum cost criterion, how many additional firefighters should be added to each unit in order to cover the daily absences? These extra daily need will be filled by the additional firefighters and, when necessary, the more expensive use of overtime by off-duty firefighters.

3. On a given day, what is the probability that Kelly-day firefighters will be called in to work overtime?

4. Based on the three-unit organization, how many firefighters should be assigned to each unit? What is the total number of full-time firefighters required for the River City Fire Department?

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1. Assuming no daily absences and taking into account the need to staff Kelley days, determine the base number of firefighters needed by each unit.
Over a three week (21-day) scheduling period, each unit will be scheduled for seven days.
Normal staffing requires 186 firefighters to be on duty every day.
Thus, each unit needs to provide staffing for 7*186=1302 firefighter days.
During a three week period, each firefighter provides 6 days of service.
Therefore, Base no of firefighters needed by each unit=1302/6 = 217
Base no of firefighters needed by each unit=217

2. Using a minimum cost criterion, how many additional firefighters should be added to each unit in order to ...

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