# The Moving Firefighter Problem

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## Abstract

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## 1. Introduction

## 2. Related Work

## 3. The Moving Firefighter Problem

**Definition**

**1.**

**Decision version of the 1-MFP problem:**Given an arbitrary instance $\langle G=(V,E),F,a,\tau ,1,{T}_{S}\rangle $ of 1-MFP and an integer $k\ge 1$, is there a valid sequence ${\mathcal{S}}_{moving}$ of vertices defended by the firefighter such that the number of burnt vertices at the end of the process is at most k?

#### 1-MFP Is NP-Complete

**Definition**

**2.**

**Decision version of the 1-FP problem:**Given an arbitrary instance $\langle G=(V,E),F\rangle $ of 1-FP, where $F\subset V$ is the set of vertices where the fire breaks out and an integer $k\ge 1$, is there a sequence ${\mathcal{S}}_{original}$ of vertices defended by the firefighter such that the number of burnt vertices at the end of the process is at most k?

**Lemma**

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**Proof of Lemma 1.**

**Lemma**

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**Proof of Lemma 2.**

**Theorem**

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**Proof of Theorem 1.**

## 4. Mixed-Integer Quadratically Constrained Program for the 1-MFP

**d**can be further extended to matrices

**d’**${}_{j}$ and

**p**${}_{j}$ (see Equations (26) and (27)), where $j\in [1,B]$.

**d’**${}_{j}$) is copied into column j of matrix

**d**. In other words, each column j of matrix

**d**is a summary of what happens inside each matrix

**d’**${}_{j}$. Similarly to Constraint (4), Constraint (9) indicates that once a vertex is defended at the $k\mathrm{th}$ defense round of the $j\mathrm{th}$ burning round, it will stay defended.

**p**${}_{j}$ is to report the last defended vertex at each defense round within each burning round. Notice that ${p}_{j,i,k}=1$ might mean two different things: vertex ${v}_{i}$ has been defended precisely at the $k\mathrm{th}$ defense round within burning round j (Constraints (10) and (11)), or vertex ${v}_{i}$ is the last vertex defended at some previous round. Constraint (12) guarantees that exactly one vertex is the last defended at each defense round. Please note that Constraint (18) establishes that the anchor point a is defended at the beginning of the process. For convenience, we can organize these variables in a matrix

**p**${}_{j}$ for each burning round (see Equation (27)).

**p**. When a new vertex becomes defended, these constraints are deactivated by making the right-hand side equal to zero. In this case, the subsequent columns are no longer a copy of the previous ones; instead, the currently defended vertex is updated. Constraints (15) and (16) guarantee that the time ${t}_{j}$ needed to carry out a sequence of defended vertices within the $j\mathrm{th}$ burning round does not exceed the current number j of time slots of the diffusive process. By these two constraints, Constraints (3) and (5)–(14), which define the relationship between the defended vertices and the dynamics of the diffusive process, the firefighter cannot defend a vertex that the fire has already spread to (which is consistent with Equation (1)).

## 5. Experimental Performance Evaluation

## 6. Conclusions

## Author Contributions

## Funding

## Data Availability Statement

## Conflicts of Interest

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**Figure 2.**State of the matrices defined by the MIQCP for the optimal solution of the instance defined in Figure 1. Here, ${T}_{S}=1$, $B=3$, and $D=2$.

**Figure 3.**Running time with one initial fire (

**left**) and three initial fires (

**right**). The x axis shows the number of vertices in the input graph, and the y axis shows the running time in seconds. The solid lines represent the average values over ten random instances, and the shaded regions are the confidence intervals for a confidence level of $95\%$.

**Figure 4.**Numbers of burnt vertices with one initial fire (

**left**) and three initial fires (

**right**). The x axis shows the number of vertices in the input graph, and the y axis shows the number of burnt vertices at the end of the process. The solid lines represent the average values over ten random instances, and the shaded regions are the confidence intervals for a confidence level of $95\%$.

Reference | Contributions |
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[1] | Hartnell introduces the Firefighter Problem (FP). |

[9,11,22,23,24] | The FP is NP-hard for different graph families. |

[22,24,25] | Instances where the FP is in P. |

[8,26,27,28,29] | Approximation results for the FP. |

[30] | The FP is W[1]-hard on general graphs with more than one firefighter. |

[6] | Presents an integer linear program (ILP) for the FP. |

[7] | Presents a version of the FP with a variable number of firefighters. |

[9,11] | Present the S-Fire version of the FP, which aims to protect a subset of the vertices. |

[8,13] | A version of the FP where the protection propagates from defended nodes. |

[14] | Version of the FP with nondeterministic fire propagation. |

[5] | Introduces the Fractional Firefighter Problem. |

[16] | An Online version of the Fractional Firefighter Problem. |

[6,10] | Examine a two-player version of the FP called the k-Firefighter. |

[12,15,17] | The Geometric Firefighter Problem. |

[18] | Presents the Traveling Firefighter Problem (${L}_{2}$-TSP) |

[31,32,33] | Investigate the relation between the FP and the Graph Burning Problem. |

$\mathit{G}=(\mathit{V},\mathit{E})$ | Input graph. |

F | Set of vertices where the fire breaks out. |

a | Firefighters’ depot or anchor point. |

$\tau $ | Travel time function. |

f | Number of firefighters. |

${T}_{S}$ | Length of the time slots (burning round). |

$\langle G,F,$$a,\tau ,f,{T}_{S}\rangle $ | Instance of the 1-MFP. |

$\langle G,F\rangle $ | Instance of the 1-FP. |

$\mathcal{S}=(a,{u}_{1},\dots ,{u}_{l})$ | Defending sequence. |

${\beta}_{{\mathcal{S}}_{i}}$ | Time when vertex ${u}_{i}$ burns, given the truncated defending sequence ${\mathcal{S}}_{i}=(a,{u}_{1},\dots ,{u}_{i-1})$. |

$\mathbb{S}=\{{\mathcal{S}}_{1},\dots ,{\mathcal{S}}_{f}\}$ | Set of defending sequences for $f>1$. |

B | Upper bound on the number of burning rounds (or time slots). |

D | Upper bound on the number of vertices defended within a single burning round. |

${b}_{i,j}$ | Binary variable that indicates whether ${v}_{i}$ is burning at the j-th burning round. |

${d}_{i,j}$ | Binary variable that indicates whether ${v}_{i}$ is defended at the j-th burning round. |

${d}_{j,i,k}^{\prime}$ | Binary variable that indicates whether ${v}_{i}$ is defended at the k-th defense round of the j-th burning round. |

${p}_{j,i,k}$ | Binary variable that indicates whether ${v}_{i}$ was the last defended vertex at the k-th defense round of the j-th burning round. |

${t}_{j}$ | Continuous variable that indicates the time needed to carry out a defending sequence within the $j$-th burning round. |

$\mathbf{b}$ | $n\times B$ matrix that contains the ${b}_{i,j}$ binary variables. |

$\mathbf{d}$ | $n\times B$ matrix that contains the ${d}_{i,j}$ binary variables. |

${{\mathbf{d}}^{\prime}}_{j}$ | $n\times D$ matrix that contains the ${d}_{j,i,k}^{\prime}$ binary variables. |

${\mathbf{p}}_{j}$ | $n\times D$ matrix that contains the ${p}_{j,i,k}$ binary variables. |

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