PSAP Staffing Guidelines Report
L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc. and 9-1-1 SME Consulting have performed a PSAP Staffing Survey and Analysis Study for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) SWAT Team Operations Group. The objectives of the study were to develop staffing and budget models from data collected from existing PSAPs with which those approximately 432 counties in the United States without Enhanced 9-1-1 can project staffing and associated budgetary needs to implement Enhanced 9-1-1 service. This report presents the findings of the study and the guidelines for optimizing the use of the data.
The premise on which the study was developed was that no one method for determining staffing needs would suffice given the number of influencing factors, both local and industry imposed. Thus, by combining two techniques, a rational approach and an empirical approach, there is a check on each to increase the robustness of the recommendations created.
The Scope of Work for the study included six primary tasks.
- Define PSAP profiles
- Review NENA-developed databases
a. DOT Project
b. PSAP Registry
- Define specific PSAPs to be surveyed
- Collect data
- Determine staffing requirements based on call volume
- Analyze the collected data and create staffing and budget models
In a SWAT Operations Group meeting held April 5, 2003, the survey tool and study objectives were refined and approved.
It was evident early in the study that the desired number of completed surveys and the required profile-specific PSAPs would be slow in being returned or not forthcoming at all. Numerous attempts were made to gather the data from the necessary PSAPs. Additionally, little data relevant to this study could be gleaned from the existing NENA-developed databases.
The result of the limited number of completed surveys caused a modification of desired goals in that the influence of specific factors on call processing could not be validated to the degree intended by the study. These factors included customer premises equipment (CPE) technology level, the presence of four lane highways within 9-1-1 service areas, and the number of wireless subscribers.