"The problem was that the Sterling Heights Fire Department will face future budget cuts that will cause either the reduction in manpower or the redistribution of manpower to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) transportation. These changes will result in either financial savings or revenue generation. The purpose of the research is to analyze the effects that either of these changes would have on our service delivery. Evaluative research was used to answer the following questions: 1) What financial impact would the transition to the reduction model have? 2) What financial impact would the transition to the transport model have? 3) What impact would the reduction model have on our response to fire incidents? and 4) What impact would the transport model have on our response to fire incidents? The research indicated that the transport model would be better financially, as well as provide less of a negative impact on our service delivery. The recommendations suggested that, if changes to staffing had to be made, the department should take on the duties of ALS transport."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/