Historically, forest fire budgets in European countries have never been subjected to rigorous economic analysis indicative of the returns on investments in fire management protection programs. To address this need we developed a fire economics evaluation system (SINAMI) to help agencies with fire responsibilities perform an economic analysis of their budget requests for fire management and protection. SINAMI uses a marginal analysis and the economic criterion of cost-plus-net-value change (C+NVC) to determine the most efficient program and budget level for fire protection for a simulated fire season.
The results are used in establishing strategic fire management plans to respond to historical fire situations. The model also provides information on number of fires and area affected by fire intensity level, as well as the number and type of firefighting resources used through the simulated fire season providing a valuable tool for training fire managers and firefighting personnel. This work provides managers information to better allocate firefighting resources over the terrain potentially reducing fire suppression costs.
Forest Service Partners