Future Needs Planning

The best conceived plans will remain effective only so long due to the ever-changing community landscape.  In this phase of planning, additional tools are deployed to project the future needs resulting from the natural evolution of a community and the incremental changes that can be activated to maintain response performance and avoid more costly overhauling of services.

  • Development Impact Evaluation–New commercial and residential developments bring additional risks, hazards, and population into the community.  Existing resources may not be enough based upon these new developments that are sure to increase demand for services.


  • Population and Service Demand Projections–Changes in population level forecasts directly affect the demand for services whether seasonally or in the long term.  Determining the degree of this change and the geographic extent is the focus of this analysis.


  • Station or Unit Location Studies–Determines the optimal location of station locations or unit deployment patterns.


  • Staffing Needs Assessment and Alternative Solutions–As one of the most costly, and in the case of some volunteer departments- most needed, this option assesses the amount of staff that will be needed and scheduling options for deployment.


  • Cooperative or Consolidation Strategies–Sometimes certain constraints force communities to look outside themselves for opportunities to collaborate with their neighbors for first responder services.