Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Faculty Advisor

Selkow, Stanley M.

Project Center

Nantucket, Massachusetts


The Nantucket Fire Department (NFD) faces not only the obstacles of every fire department trying to protect lives and property, but also the burden of an enormous summer population and no prospect of mutual aid. Accordingly, the goal of this project was to analyze the response times of the NFD in comparison with their goals and national standards, and recommend effective strategies to enhance response and prepare for the future growth. We conclude that congestion, long travel distances, and call concurrency slow response times. We recommend the Town builds a new fire station at the public safety facility with sufficient space for growth, invests in additional staff, and further examines the effects of satellite stations and forward deployment of resources at peak times.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Computer Science