Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Faculty Advisor

Theyel, Gregory


Fallanden's fire brigade asked WPI to determine public opinion of the fire brigade, risks facing the Gemeinde, and to examine the decline in Brigade volunteers. We used statistics, interviews, and questionnaire results to determine the actual and perceived risks facing Fallanden. The research demonstrates the perceived and actual risks do not coincide. In order to determine the actual risks, it's necessary to combine all aspects of risk present in that community and vulnerability, and that recruiting is a worldwide problem.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2002

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs