Teaching Case - Igniting the Passions: Private vs. Public Fire Service in Suburban Phoenix

Igniting the Passions: Private vs. Public Fire Service in Suburban Phoenix


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  • Product Description

    Unlike most metropolitan areas in the United States, Phoenix, Arizona, and its suburbs present a striking contrast in the means of delivering one of the most basic services for which government is responsible: fire protection. Many of the city's fast-growing suburbs rely on Rural Metro, Inc., a private firm with which municipalities contract for fire service. Although the two types of service peacefully co-exist, for the most part, alongside one another, the two approaches are forced to compete directly when, in the summer of 1991, the suburb of Gilbert must decide whether to continue to rely on Rural Metro or whether to establish its own public fire service.

    Learning Objective:
    This case allows for discussion of the public versus private theme on a variety of levels, both financial and philosophical.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: January 01, 1992
    HKS Case Number: 1166.0
    Case Author: Pamela Varley
    Faculty Lead: Marc Roberts
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 12
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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