TIM Resources of NTIMC Member Organizations

The National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) is a unique forum where national organizations representing TIM stakeholders come together to share resources and pursue common goals. Here is an overview of the wealth of TIM resources available from NTIMC member organizations.

I-95 Corridor Coalition

The Secretary of Transportation recently congratulated the I-95 Corridor Coalition for their work in developing and implementing the Quick Clearance/Move It Initiative. Follow this link to view the letter from Secretary Peters to the Executive Director of the I-95 Corridor Coalition: Letter from Secretary Peters.

American Automobile Association (AAA)

AAA actively supports Move-Over laws, which promote responder safety by requiring drivers to slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles that have their lights flashing. The AAA Move-Over Law Summary includes links to State Move-Over laws. Because public education is a major challenge with Move Over laws, AAA also has launched a Move Over public education campaign. For more information, contact Christie Hyde at chyde@national.aaa.org .

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

AASHTO is the secretariat organization for NTIMC. AASHTO's leadership and staff are working through NTIMC to foster closer working relationships among State Departments of Transportations (DOTs) and all other parties who are involved in incident management. In NTIMC presentations to the AASHTO Subcommittee on Highways (SCOH), DOT Chief Executive Officers and Chief Engineers are encouraged to support development of more robust TIM partnerships and programs, and to support the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management (NUG) through the actions listed in the NUG Executive Actions Checklist. Through the AASHTO Subcommittee on Systems Operations and Management (SSOM), DOT Operations Managers and ITS Managers keep abreast of current NTIMC activities and products. The AASHTO Special Committee on Transportation Security has published a wealth of information and guidance related to planning for, preparedness for, and response to the transportation impacts of emergency and security incidents. In this Article for Roads and Bridges, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley discusses the challenges associated with managing traffic incidents and efforts to mitigate impacts. For more information, contact Mark Bush at mbush@aashto.org.

American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA)

ATSSA members provide the majority of roadway safety features, services and materials used on our nation's roadways, including pavement markings, signage, work zone traffic control devices, and protective roadway and roadside safety features.

The ATSSA Roadway Safety Training Institute offers traffic control training courses for emergency responders, and ATSSA has funding through an FHWA grant to provide roadway safety training nationwide for workers and others who make their livelihood on America’s roadways. Courses include:

For more information, contact Donna Clark at donnac@atssa.com.

American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

ATRI is a not-for-profit research trust. ATRI's mission emphasizes the trucking industry's essential role in a safe, efficient, and viable transportation system. ATRI is part of the American Trucking Associations Federation. As users of the system, the trucking industry is very supportive of TIM programs as a way to improve operations, industry safety, and productivity.

ATRI leads NTIMC's Research Task Force. One of the first activities ATRI undertook on behalf of the Research Task Force was to develop the Traffic Incident Managment Research Compendium. The Compendium is continually updated as new research is identified. To submit research for inclusion in the Compendium, please contact ATRI at ATRI@trucking.org.

ATRI's current TIM-related research can be accessed at http://www.atri-online.org/research/safety/index.htm. For more information, contact Rebecca Brewster at rbrewster@trucking.org

Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association / Emergency Responder Safety Institute

The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemens Association Emergency Responder Safety Institute (CVVFA/ERSI) has received a grant to train fire service instructors about the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management. The grant provides for the development of curriculum and the training of fire service instructors who will educate the nations' fire service. The competitive grant is part of the Fire Grant Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Key components of the training will include responder safety, safe quick clearance of traffic incidents, and improved communications among the fire service, law enforcement, emergency medical services, transportation departments and the towing and recovery industry.

Watch Out Behind You - This complete 6 hour operations level program on CD is presented in modules. It may be taught in several offerings or as a full one day program. The course includes full instructor notes and is designed to be taught by trainers with minimum of Instructor Level I credentials. “Watch Out Behind You” is the product of the over 2 years of work by the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute Team. It includes state of the art material and best practices gathered from North America and Europe. Support for the program was made available through our partners the United Sates Fire Administration/FEMA/DHS and the US Department of Justice. This program may be used in existing public safety agencies. It is also appropriate material for newly established Traffic Control Units.

Traffic Incident Management Kit - A free informational package designed for agencies or opinion leaders who wish to establish local traffic incident management teams in their jurisdictions. Materials stress the necessity of all agencies including law enforcement, fire, EMS, towing and recovery industry and departments of transportation to work together with advance planning and relationship building prior to a roadway incident. Kit includes materials from the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition and contains the provocative DVD the Hats of Highway Safety a 20 minute offering.

CVVFA / ERSI sponsors respondersafety.com, a web site devoted to responder safety news and resources. The site has downloadable training presentations , news and information about Move Over laws, and much more. For more information, contact Steve Austin at steveaustin@earthlink.net .

Federal Highway Administration

The FHWA provides funding support for NTIMC and for many of the TIM-related activities of NTIMC member and partner organizations.

FHWA's Traffic Incident Management Website is the place to find FHWA TIM resources, such as:

The FHWA's National Highway Institute offers a one-day and a two-day version of a traffic incident management course.

Managing Traffic Incidents and Roadway Emergencies teaches participants to:

  • Compare and contrast techniques for effective onsite management of incidents;
  • Identify technological solutions to facilitate the management of incidents;
  • Construct a short-term list of 'next step' actions to improve multi-agency response to both major and minor traffic incidents.

The course is designed for mid- or upper-management personnel in law enforcement, fire and rescue (including emergency medical), emergency communications, transportation (including traffic management and highway maintenance), planning, towing and recovery, traffic reporting media, hazardous materials contractors, and other emergency management personnel responding to traffic emergencies on freeways and arterial streets.

For more information, contact Dave Helman at david.helman@dot.gov .

I-95 Corridor Coalition (I-95 CC)

The I-95 Corridor Coalition's Quick Clearance Toolkit has a wealth of information about policies and procedures for safe, quick clearance.

The I-95 Corridor Coalition's Incident Management Clearinghouse contains information about state, regional and local TIM activities throughout the nation.

I-95 CC offers two Quick Clearance Workshops - an Executive Forum and a Responder Workshop. The Executive Forum (2.5 hours) is intended for senior agency officials and legislative staff who are in positions to influence the creation of TIM/QC laws, policies, regulations, and programs. The Responder Workshop (4.5 hours) is for upper and middle managers who are directly responsible for implementing laws, policies, and the like, and who supervise responders directly or indirectly.

The I-95 Corridor Coaltion's Coordinated Incident Management Program Track Committee has sponsored many projects related to incident management, which are summarized on its web page. This committee is the home of the five regional I-95 CC Highway Operations Groups (HOGS). Contact information for the Program Track Commitee and for the regional HOGS leaders also are available on the web page. I-95 CC's Staff Liaison for Coordinated Incident Management is Capt. Henry deVries at hdevries@dot.state.ny.us.

I-95 CC currently is developing an interactive, computer-based Multidiscliplinary TIM Training program. The training is being built based on software platform that curently is being used by the U.S. military to train recruits for service in Iraq. The training will provide core competency in multidiscliplinary TIM skills such as: safety practices and procedures; mutual mission support; quick clearance practices and procedures; and coordinated command and communications. Development of the three-dimensional, distributed, interactive training system is being overseen by a multidisciplinary steering group. The program is scheduled for release in late 2008, when it will be offered in a series of pilot workshops in the I-95 corridor region. For more information, contact Capt. Henry deVries at hdevries@dot.state.ny.us..

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

IACP's Highway Safety Committee and its Law Enforcement Stops and Safety (LESS) Subcommittee are active in promoting responder safety.

Your Vest Won't Stop This Bullet is a 14-minute training video produced by IACP to teach responders how to avoid being struck by passing vehicles when working on the roadside.

The IACP LESS Subcommitee 2006 Staff Report contains case study research on a number of current issues in responder safety, including State Move-Over laws, officer visibility, vheicle emergency warning systems, and vehicle positioning and officer approach.

For more information contact Richard Ashton at ashtonr@theiacp.org .

International Fire Services Training Association (IFSTA)

The following training materials are available through the IFSTA web site.

Guidelines for Highway Incident Scene Safety and Traffic Control is a one-day classroom course that teaches traffic control fundamentals. The optional second day of training involves field exercises to set up full-scale traffic control zones, and practice flagging. The materials presented in this course will help make it safer for all of the first responders who assist at highway accident scenes. The course is available on a CD, which includes an instructor manual, a participant notebook, PowerPoint slides, and a pocket guide.

Model Procedures Guide for Highway Incidents , one in a series of fire service documents on managing various types of incidents, was produced by IFSTA in 2004 with assistance from the FHWA.

For more information, contact Mike Wieder at mweider@osufpp.org .

Towing and Recovery Association of America

The Towing and Recovery Association of America has developed a TRAA Vehicle Identification Card to enable responders to tell towing service dispatchers what kind of vehicles are involved in a crash. This helps the towing professionals to determine the type of equipment that is needed for response, saving time and money! For more information, contact TRAA Executive Director Harriet Cooley at towserver@aol.com .

Transportation Research Board (TRB) / National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

NCHRP and TRB Reports Relevant to Traffic Incident Management

AASHTO/FHWA/NCHRP European Scan Tour

AASHTO, the FHWA, and NCHRP jointly sponsored a scan tour of traffic incident management practices in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The scan team included several NTIMC member representatives, who noted that some of the European countries had greatly advanced their TIM practices by promoting unified goals and practices among all responder disciplines. A major outcome of the scan tour has been the development of NTIMC's National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management.

The World Highways article and the Scan Trip on Traffic Incident Response Presentation provide more information about the scan tour.