State and Local TIM Activities

A key goal of NTIMC is to promote and support the successful development of local, regional and statewide traffic incident management programs through peer networking, and knowledge exchange among public safety and transportation professionals.

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State and Local TIM Partnership Activities and Workshops

California

Statewide Summit: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) co-sponsored the California Highway Incident Management Summit April 2-3, 2007. The event drew more than 100 participants, including representatives from transportation, law enforcement, fire, EMS, medical examiners, local agencies, towing, and news media. The purpose of the conference was to foster a commitment from responders statewide to improve coordination. The joint strategies that the group identified include developing interoperable communication systems, establishing interagency protocols and agreements, joint training and debriefs, standard terminology, increased personnel and equipment availability, and legislation enabling quick-clearance. More information about the summit, including the presentations, and summaries of workgroup discussions, is available on the web at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/summit.html . Caltrans contacts are Monica Kress 916-651-9054 monica.kress@dot.ca.gov and Peter Anderson 916-654-6104 peter.anderson@dot.ca.gov .

New Jersey / Pennsylvania (Delaware Valley Region)

Multidisciplinary TIM Policy and Procedures Manual: In the Philadelphia / Trenton / Camden area, incident responders have joined together to develop an Incident Management Task Force Policy and Procedures Manual for I-295 / I-76 / NJ 42. The purpose of the documents is to provide incident responders, in the I-295/I-76/NJ 42 response area with uniform guidelines for safe operations at the scene of an incident. These operational guidelines are the result of discussions as well as debriefings of area responders. It is intended that this document serve as a guideline for decision-making, and the guidelines are intended to be modified by the incident responders as necessary to address existing conditions. For more information, contact Laurie Matkowski, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 215-238-2853.

Michigan

Michigan DOT held a Quick Clearance Workshop in southwest Michigan on September 12, 2007. For more information, contact Maria (Mia) Silver at SilverMa@michigan.gov .

Michigan Quick Clearance Workshop Flier

Missouri

Statewide TIM Summit: The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are cosponsored the first statewide Missouri Highway Incident Management Summit Sept. 25-26, 2007 in Lake Ozark. The goal of the summit was to reduce congestion created by traffic crashes and to prevent secondary crashes. The primary focus of the first summit will be to strengthen partnerships and improve efforts on the Interstate 44 and Interstate 70 corridors. For more information about the 1 1/2 day summit, contact Lisa Vieth, MoDOT Statewide Incident Response Coordinator (573) 751-1323 or e-mail lisa.vieth@modot.mo.gov .

New York State

Statewide TIM Program Forming: The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is initiating efforts to form a statewide TIM program. For more information, contact Ed Roberts, NYSDOT Transportation Systems Operations, Systems Optimization, Albany, NY (518) 457-1944 eroberts@dot.state.ny.us .

Virginia

Incident Management E-Newsletter: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is publishing a Highway Safety Incident Management Electronic Digest to faciliate the exchange of information among TIM responders and help foster regional TIM partnerships. "Effective highway incident mangement is becoming the fastest growing segment of emergency services delivery," according to the first edition of the Digest. For more information, contact Nicholas Arstarb 540-332-9296 or e-mail nicholas.astarb@vdot.virginia.gov .

Legislation Requiring Tower Certification: TIM partners in Virginia worked together to pass State legislation requiring certification of towers.

Regional TIM Partnership: With VDOT funding, the Hampton Roads, Virginia metropolitan region is developing a traffic incident management program within the context of a Regional Concept of Transportation Operations (RCTO). Project Manager Matt Lee is working with stakeholders to develop a coherent collaborative strategy that establishes an operational guideline for improving traffic incident management in the region. For more information, contact Matt at 757-424-9956, or e-mail matt.lee@vdot.virginia.gov.

NUG Endorsements: The Hampton Roads Highway Incident Management Committee adopted the NUG on March 14, 2007, and the Hampton Roads Fire Safety Officials Committee adopted the NUG on the same day. For more information, contact Eric Reddeck, who is the Chair of both groups, at hrfsoc@cox.net.

Washington

Washington State Incident Response Strategic Initiatives: A list of interdisciplinary traffic incident activities and initiatives that are under way in the State of Washington.

Statewide Coalition and TIM Conference: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the Washington State Patrol (WSP) initiated the formation of the Washington TIM Coalition in 2007 to focus on state-specific TIM needs, and to carry forward the objectives of the NTIMC National Unified Goal in the State of Washington. The first statewide TIM conference was held September 18-19, 2007 at the Hotel Nexus in Seattle. In addition to providing a networking opportunity for TIM responders, the conference provided a detailed overview of the NTIMC's National Unified Goal (NUG), and information about national best practices and TIM successes in Washington State. The conference concluded with discussions of TIM issues and needs, and brainstorming of solutions and strategies. For more information, see the link to the conference web site below, or contact Rick Phillips, WSDOT Incident Response Program Manager in Olympia, (360) 705-7287; e-mail phillips@wsdot.wa.gov .

Link to Conference Website

Washington State Fire Community Endorses NUG: The Washington Fire Chiefs officially endorsed the NTIMC National Unified Goal on March 14, 2007, and the Washington State Firefighters' Association officially endorsed the NUG on April 21, 2007. These organizations, along with AAA, WSDOT, WSP, and the Towing and Recovery Association of Washington, are the charter members of the Washington TIM Coalition. For more information, contact Washington TIM Coalition Chair T.J. Nedrow at nedrowt@comcast.net .

Wisconsin

Statewide TIM Conference: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP) are planning a Statewide TIM Conference October 30-31, 2007 in Appleton, WI. For more information, see the link below, or contact Ann Reshadi at (414) 227-2141; e-mail anne.reshadi-nezhad@dot.state.wi.us .

Link to Conference Information

WisDOT and WSP co-sponsored the first Statewide Traffic Incident Management Conference in July 2006. The Wisconsin TIME Program Newsletter Winter 2007 contains details about the two-day conference, which attracted 120 attendees reprsenting law enforcement, fire, emergency management, towing and recovery, and transportation agencies.

Move-Over Law Public Outreach Materials: WisDOT's Freeway Incident Management Team (FIMT) is working to increase motorists' awareness of Wisconsin's Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move over or slow down for stopped emergency vehicles. Copies of Wisconsin's Move Over law brochure and bumper sticker are available on request. Fill out the order form below, and submit it to Ann Reshadi at (414) 227-2141 or e-mail anne.reshadi-nezhad@dot.state.wi.us .

Wisconsin Move Over Laws Outreach Materials Order Form

Incident Debrief Form: Because each traffic incident is different, one of the most effective ways to enhance quick clearance and improve safety is to regurarly debrief. Debriefings provide an opportunity to evaluate the decisions made and actions taken during an inciden, and to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement. WisDOT's FIMT developed the Wisconsin TIM Incident Debrief Form to facilitate debriefings.