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Dynamic deployment: 5 persistent myths busted

While dynamic deployment owes a lot to the foundation that Jack Stout created in his ideas of System Status Management developed during the 1980's, they are developing into two distinct levels of implementation strategies today.

System Status Management is only a relatively dynamic option with a fixed number of pre-defined plans. A separate plan is developed for each hour of the day and every day of the week given all of the possible system service levels, which means a total of 168 plans must be created for each possible service level for each week. Available resources are placed based on the hourly plan that has generally taken anticipated seasonal demand into account for that hour.

Some agencies will generalize these ideas and create a limited set of plans that are based strictly on the number of available vehicles and place resources according to a predetermined schedule regardless of the time-of-day or day-of-week and the variations in demand that it entails. This is neither dynamic deployment, nor SSM. The success of this over-simplification, known simply as closest vehicle dispatching is based on the decreased chute-time of having a vehicle already on the road and the luck of having it somewhere near the call simply because it is not with others at some centralized base or station.