Sample Procedures & Guidelines

For Traffic Incident Management Operations

The examples of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs) posted here are intended to provide resources to state and local traffic incident response agencies as they develop their own policies and procedures. NTIMC does not necessarily endorse these documents, and recognizes that policies and procedures that are appropriate for one jurisdiction may not be appropriate in all circumstances.

General Guidance

Example Strategies for Building Stronger State TIM Programs - Published by NTIMC in 2006. Covers Incident Management Plans and Policies (including clearance policies and performance goals); Statewide TIM Strategic Plans; Best Practices Guidelines; Regional TIM Plans and Guidelines; the All-Hazards Planning Context; Interagency and Interdisciplinary Relationships; Organizational Structure; Chain of Command; and Budget.

Traffic Incident Management Handbook - Published by FHWA in 2000, and currently being updated.

The Simplified Guide to the Incident Command System for Transportation Professionals explains ICS principles in the context of highway incidents. This document is availabile from the FHWA's Traffic Incident Management Program's web site.

Responder Safety- Example Procedures and Guidelines

Requirements Related to Traffic Safety for Current NFPA Codes and Standards

Roadway Safety Standard Operating Guideline - Oak Creek (Michigan) Fire Department

Vehicle Positioning-Example Procedures and Guidelines

SOP - SOG for Safe Positioning While Operating In or Near Traffic

Traffic Control Operations-Example Procedures and Guidelines

Standard Operating Guideline-Traffic Diversion Operations-Texas Township Fire & Rescue (Michigan)

Requirements Related to Traffic Safety for Current NFPA Codes and Standards

Incident Scene Procedures - Example Procedures and Guidelines

The Simplified Guide to the Incident Command System for Transportation Professionals explains ICS principles in the context of highway incidents. This document is availabile from the FHWA's Traffic Incident Management Program's web site.

Safety Patrol SOGs - Example Procedures and Guidelines

Florida Turnpike Safety Patrol Program Standard Operating Guidelines