Increased scruitiny of federally funded programs combined with changes in fire management has created a demand for a new fire program analysis model. There is now a need for a model that displays tradeoffs between initial attack effectiveness and alternative funding levels. The model is formulated as an integer linear program that operates in a performance based, cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) environment. Using the performance measure of weighted area protected (WAP), the model employs a non-monetized approach to interagency fire planning. The model optimizes the initial attack deployment for a user-defined set of fires that a manager would like to be prepared for across alternative budget levels. The paper shows how an integer programming formulation can use optimal deployment to address the annual fire program. It is also shown, for the first time how simultaneous ignitions can be incorporated into an optimization approach. This compact and robust model can provide the basis for a wider scale formulation with the potential to measure an organization's performance and promote a higher level of accountability and efficiency in fire programs.