Traffic Incident Management Training Resources

Multidisciplinary TIM Training Resources

The I-95 Corridor Coalition's Quick Clearance Toolkit, Videos, and Documents are available for viewing and download on the I-95 Corridor Coalition's website. This is a treasure trove of training resources, as well as policies, documents, and reports, collected from many agencies.

Good multidisciplinary TIM training videos available from the I-95 CC web site include:

  • Incident Management Response Planning
  • The Many Hats of Highway Management : A humorous introduction to the variety of missions and viewpoints of traffic incident responders. Often used as an "icebreaker" in initial meetings to explore TIM partnerships.
  • Seattle Wave: Video of an actual crash scene, showing how less-than-ideal scene management practices contribute to a wave of congestion back-up. Narrated by a trainer.
  • Your Vest Won't Stop This Bullet: Responder safety video for law enforcement officers produced by IACP.

Other useful multidisciplinary TIM Training materials available from the I-95 CC web site include:

  • I-95 Corridor Coalition Quick Clearance Workshop: Quick Clearance Implementation Best Practices (Presentation Slides)
  • Incident Management Scenarios

Do You Know How to Correctly Request a Tower? Timely dispatch of appropriate towing and recovery assetes to an incident scene can be facilitated by correctly reporting the numbers and types of vehicles involved in a crash. The Vehicle Identification Cards available from the Towing and Recovery Association of America provide the information needed to correctly dispatch towing and recovery equipment to the scene. The accompanying DVD / video, entitled "Vehicle Identification Guide, is a conversation among towers, dispatchers, and law enforcement officers explaining how to use the card.

Ten Cones of Highway Safety - An awareness DVD available free to public safety organizations and trainers from the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fire Association's Emergency Responder Safety Institute.

Responder Safety - Published by NTIMC in 2006. Documents data that was available on rates of deaths and injuries among fire service, law enforcement, towing, and highway agency personnel who respond to traffic incidents. Covers key strategies for increasing responder safety: Standarizing Responder Safety Operational Procedures; Traffic Safety and Traffic Control Training for all Responders; Responder Safety Policies and Legislation (Move Over / Slow Down laws); Driver Training and Awareness. Covers issues related to responder safety: MUTCD 6-I; high-visibility apparel; use of warning lights; European models.

TIM Training Resources - Transportation Agencies (including Service Patrols)

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.

The Georgia Department of Transportation provides a 208-hour certification program for members of its incident management patrol unit. The HERO Student Training Manual is available here for download. [Caution: high-speed connection needed. 41.5 MB Word document.]

Arkansas DOT Motorist Assistance Program Training

Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP Training Curriculum and Course Descriptions

New York State Police HELP Driver Training Course Outline

Washingtion State Patrol Motorist Assistance Training Powerpoints with Instructor Text

Washington State Patrol Training Matrix

TIM Training Resources - Law Enforcement

Resources for Officers at Crash Scenes - Part of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Traffic Investigations Course, this document includes guidance on positioning of flares, cones, and vehicles.

IACP LESS Subcommitee 2006 Staff Report - Includes information about Vehicle Positioning and Officer Approach; Vehicle Emergency Warning Systems; Officer Visibility; and Move-Over Laws.

Safe and Effective Use of Law Enforcement Personnel in Work Zones- ATSSA Course - This flier describes a training course offered by the American Traffic Safety Services Association. Funding for development of the course was provided through a Federal Highway Administration Work Zone Safety Grant.

New York State Police HELP Driver Training Course Outline

Washingtion State Patrol Motorist Assistance Training Powerpoints with Instructor Text

Washington State Patrol Training Matrix

Do You Know How to Correctly Request a Tower? Timely dispatch of appropriate towing and recovery assetes to an incident scene can be facilitated by correctly reporting the numbers and types of vehicles involved in a crash. The Vehicle Identification Cards available from the Towing and Recovery Association of America provide the information needed to correctly dispatch towing and recovery equipment to the scene. The accompanying DVD / video, entitled "Vehicle Identification Guide, is a conversation among towers, dispatchers, and law enforcement officers explaining how to use the card.

TIM Training Resources - Fire & Rescue Service

Developing Traffic Control Assistant Training Programs is a manual developed by the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemens Association Emergency Responder Safety Institute with funding provided by the U.S. Fire Admistration. Traffic control units commonly called Fire Police in many parts of the country can be an important element of roadway incident scene safety. Volunteer (and some career) departments rely on "Traffic Control Assistants to protec responders and the public at incident scenes, fires, or special events in the community. This manual provides information to assist in the estalbishment and management of these valuable units within a fire or police department.

Guidelines for Highway Incident Scene Safety and Traffic Control is a one-day classroom course from the International Fire Service Training Association that teaches traffic control fundmentals. The optional second day of training involves field exercises to set up full-scale traffic control zones, and practice flagging. the materials presented in ithis 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.

Requirements Related to Traffic Safety for Current NFPA Codes and Standards - The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) sets national standards for the fire service, but in most states compliance with NFPA is voluntary.

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.

Ten Cones of Highway Safety - An awareness DVD available free to public safety organizations and trainers from the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fire Association's Emergency Responder Safety Institute.

TIM Training Resources - Towing

The Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) has developed a three-level National Driver Certification Program. An increasing number of law enforcement agencies that contract with towers are now requiring TRAA certification as a qualification for participation in a contractual relationship. TRAA's training incorporates traffic incident management training.

TRAA's Roadside Safety: Everyone Goes Home training video can be ordered from their website.