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The Right Decision: Evidence-based Decision Making for Police Service Professionals

While the primary function of police departments has remained consistent over time—to ensure the safety and security of all persons and property— how departments deliver their services is becoming more complex. Crime rates have generally declined over the past two decades, but the public is increasingly asking police departments to respond to a broader range […]

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Responding to Pre-Hospital Events in BC: Time to Rethink the Current Model of Service Delivery

On October 29, 2013, the BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) implemented changes to their BC Ambulance Service Resource Allocation Plan (RAP) resulting in a significant number of codes being downgraded to Code 2 (routine) calls instead of their previous designation as Code 3 (lights and sirens) calls. According to BCEHS the process undertaken to make […]

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Emergency Motor Vehicle Crashes in British Columbia

When emergency vehicle collisions occur, especially at speed with lights and siren, they tend to evoke heightened media attention as well as public concern and interest. While these concerns are understandable given the sheer size and mass of heavy emergency vehicles (i.e., fire/ladder trucks) relative to much lighter, non-emergency vehicles, such concerns must be placed […]

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Revisiting the Safety of Smart Meter Installations in British Columbia

In June of 2011, BC Hydro commenced implementation of its Smart Metering Program, which involved converting every residential property in BC from legacy metering to wireless technology smart meters. This Smart Metering Program involves replacing existing electrical meters that are now becoming obsolete, with a comprehensive wireless smart metering system. As of August 2013 an […]

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A Dynamic Risk-Based Framework for Redesigning the Scheduling of Fire Safety Inspections

This paper introduces a risk-based, data-driven framework for redesigning fire safety inspections. This framework incorporates information about previous inspections performance, the responsible person in charge of the property, the property use, and the structure type. This alternative method for scheduling fire safety inspections takes into account the likelihood of compliance, thus enabling fire services to […]

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A Review of Surrey Fire Service’s Motor Vehicle Accident Response Assessment Model

In 2010, the BC Ambulance Service and Surrey Fire Service collaborated on a project to look at efficiencies for emergency services response to Motor Vehicle crashes. This report describes the results of an analysis of data provided by Surrey Fire Service on a pilot project examining the utility of an assessment tool to identify the […]