Locating Emergency Services with Different Priorities: The Priority Queuing Covering Location Problem
31 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2008
Date Written: May 2008
Previous covering models for emergency service consider all the calls to be of the same importance and impose the same waiting time constraints independently of the service's priority. This type of constraint is clearly inappropriate in many contexts. For example, in urban medical emergency services, calls that involve danger to human life deserve higher priority over calls for more routine incidents. A realistic model in such a context should allow prioritizing the calls for service.
In this paper a covering model which considers different priority levels is formulated and solved. The model heritages its formulation from previous research on Maximum Coverage Models and incorporates results from Queuing Theory, in particular Priority Queuing. The additional complexity incorporated in the model justifies the use of a heuristic procedure.
Keywords: Location, health services, queuing, heuristics
JEL Classification: C61, L80
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