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The purpose of this study is to determine potential locations in San Marcos, Texas where the economic and demographic conditions justify the construction of a fire station. To do this, we will consider the following factors: parcel area, parcel value, day and night time population, square footage of buildings, value of improvements, conflagration potential and wildland/urban interfaces. We will use this data to analytically determine the areas of the city that demonstrate a need for the construction of a fire station. The results of our project will provide a recommendation to city decision makers ensuring San Marcos residents will receive the best quality of firefighting services.
To complete this analysis, we will perform a series of calculations to the aforementioned factors in each of the 11 grid cells that do not contain a fire station. We will examine the grid cells and record the corresponding data one at a time to maintain efficiency and minimize data processing. The data will be recorded on a spreadsheet we have developed and will be given to the City of San Marcos upon completion.
As first responders, the San Marcos Fire Department provides a service to protect the lives and property of San Marcos residents. The purpose of this project will be to identify potential areas in San Marcos that justify the construction of a fire station. To do this we will consider the following factors: parcel area, parcel value, day/night time population, square footage of buildings, value of improvements, conflagration potential and wildlife urban interfaces. Calculations of these factors will highlight areas of the city that demonstrate a need for firefighting services. We will analyze and interpret this data to create a map book and a spreadsheet for the 11 grid cells that do not contain a fire station. This information can be used by the City of San Marcos in the future when planning for a new fire station as the city continues to grow.