The Fires

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ISBN: 1594488983

$26.95

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ONLY 11 AUTOGRAPHED COPIES LEFT!     The disastrous story of how a computer program burned down America's greatest city-and forever changed the way the modern city works. This is perhaps the most important contemporary history book ever written about FDNY, full of insightful lessons to be learned for any More »

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ISBN: 1594488983

ONLY 11 AUTOGRAPHED COPIES LEFT!

 

 

The disastrous story of how a computer program burned down America's greatest city-and forever changed the way the modern city works. This is perhaps the most important contemporary history book ever written about FDNY, full of insightful lessons to be learned for any municipal fire department of any size in any country.

The Fires tells the story of how the good intentions of an ambitious, working-class fire chief, a charismatic mayor and his wonkish successor, and the RAND Corporation went so disastrously wrong - and reveals how RAND's formulas were inextricably woven into the fabric of the late twentieth- and twenty-first ­century city. RAND sold their computer models to cities across the country, and the very same system is still used by the FDNY to allocate resources. At a time when our country faces an economic climate not seen since the 1970s, and looks for new solutions, new heroes, and new cityscapes, The Fires could not be a more salient book. The strongest lesson is that the short-term cost-cutting measures (shutting stations, decommissioning companies), actually cost more long-term: in delivery of social services, lost business revenue, lost property tax revenue and countless other real costs to the city's budget.

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