Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan


This report examines the different revenue models employed by privately funded fire and emergency medical service providers in the United States. The main finding is there are two common revenue models used: the contract and the subscription-based models. The purpose of this report is to provide the national fire service organization of Costa Rica with recommendations on implementing new revenue sources, including whether and how they can adopt the U.S. revenue models given their context. The research included a review of relevant literature, a survey of fire departments in the U.S., and interviews with industry experts. From this research, three recommendations arose: to charge for existing services, to establish a national goal for fire reduction, and to consider the provision of EMS.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs