The Responder – May 2012

Message from the TIM Network Liaison
Welcome to the first edition of the new and enhanced Responder. We are very excited about the functionality and more integrated feel that this format will provide over the coming months. This month we have a three question interview with Mr. Bill Troup of the US Fire Administration. We asked him to tell us a little bit about the new publication that was released titled Traffic Incident Management Systems. We are also featuring a technical corner discussion from Maricopa County reagarding their innovatitive work. This new format for The Responder is just the beginning. Over the next month you should all recieve a username and password for our website. Once the activation process is complete, you will have access to a document library, membership directory, social networking and more!

Eric Rensel, TIM Network Liaison, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Chairman’s Corner – The Role of the Individual Responder (Ira Promisel)
I often hear from responders that there is nothing they can do about FILL IN THE BLANK because of FILL IN THE BLANK. Issues run from where an ambulance parks to police not wearing reflective vests to fire blocking the road to DOT response times. Excuses run the gamut as well: union rules, “safety” (even if it is not), that’s how we’ve always done it, or simple forgetfulness. Individual responders get frustrated and many just give up. This is not only counter productive, but can be dangerous. Buy in for TIM practices from upper and mid level management is critical, but it is really up to the individual responders to make things happen at a scene. At a training session I was conducting an EMS responder illustrated how this could happen. She told me that after a previous training, her crew had responded to a serious accident. The trooper at the scene was not wearing a reflective vest. She mentioned to the trooper (nicely) that he may want to don his vest. When he did not, her crew surrounded him. When the trooper inquired what they were doing, she replied “we’re keeping you safe”. He then put his vest on with a laugh. Changing the culture and approach at scenes can be done, but is up to each individual to make it happen.

Special Guest Columnist Donald Pike, Course Manager U.S. Department of Transportation Transportation Safety Institute

Request for Assistance
The US DOT/Transportation Safety Institute has been teaching collision investigation courses all over the Nation for over 25 years. The original courses (still being taught today-with periodic updating) were the result of a spike in public transit liability claims and lawsuits over the years. Many transit agencies in small/rural areas, where police departments were not highly trained to conduct such investigations (outside of life-preservation and assigning fault), resulted in the need to process transit collisions (from a public entity standpoint) as a reconstructionist would do so. Hence, the current TSI course offerings…Click here for full article and to join a discussion panel

Three Question Interview with Bill Troup: Updated Traffic Incident Management Systems Publication from the US Fire Administration

1. What led to the decision by USFA to update this publication from the 2008 version?
Changes in Traffic Incident Management practices, including the new 2009 Edition of the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) which was released after the previous edition of USFA TIMS Manual in 2008

What is new in this version?
Up to date information and practices in Traffic Incident Management for the fire service, including information the current 2009 Edition of the MUTCD, especially Chapter 6i, Temporary Traffic Interruption.

What is next for USFA on the topic of TIM?
Below are some current initiatives of the United States Fire Administration (USFA) that may be of interest:

Public Safety Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative USFA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice/National Institute of Justice, has begun a study of emergent topics in emergency vehicle and roadway operations safety to assist in the development and demonstration of best practices for the emergency services – including the fire service and law enforcement. The International Fire Service Training Association will conduct the study.Press Release
USFA in partnership with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (CVVFA) supported U.S. Department of Justice/National Institute of Justice has performed an Educational outreach to the motoring public on how to react to firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other responders on the roadway using driver simulators. The report highlighting the results of this outreach and study will soon be released. Further information on this may be found on this page of the USFA website.
Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services USFA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs, in partnership with the International Fire Services Training Association, announce the revision and release of Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services. The latest edition provides the most up to date information regarding funding for local level Emergency Medical Services and fire departments and includes federal funding as well as other new and innovative funding sources.

Technical Corner – National Spotlight on Maricopa County Test Site for High-Tech Traffic Management Prototype
Anthem, AZ — Criminals and fires are obvious threats for police and firefighters, but traffic accidents also pose a serious danger for these first responders. Nearly 13 percent of the firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty are killed in vehicle-related incidents, and fire trucks are involved in ten times as many collisions as other heavy trucks.
Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) engineers and University of Arizona researchers are on the national forefront developing a system that will radically lower these statistics and make signalized intersections safer nationwide for emergency responders and the general public, according to Faisal Saleem, MCDOT ITS engineer, and UA Systems and Industrial Engineering researcher, Dr. Larry Head…Click Here to Read the full article

FHWA TI&EM Team Update
Lifesavers Conference
There is still time to register for the National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, held in Orlando, FL, June 14-16, 2012. For more information on the conference, accommodations, and registration please visit

Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial
The National Highway Institute, Federal Highway Administration’s Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial (133107) is a Web-based training that provides an introductory overview of evacuation planning topics and common considerations. It covers the roles and responsibilities of local, regional, and state agencies involved in the evacuation process, while highlighting the importance of collaboration.

This course also presents current and emerging evacuation planning tools, methodologies, and trends, and offers insight into special considerations that evacuation planning stakeholders should take into account when designing, reviewing, or contributing to evacuation planning efforts. Emphasis is placed on multi-agency/jurisdictional planning as part of identifying effective practices used in the U.S.

To register for the course, when at the main National Highway Institute webpage —, on the left hand side, go to Host a Course, on the right hand side, go to #133 – Design and Traffic Operations, to register for the course, go to FHWA-NHI-133107 – Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Define evacuation planning from a transportation standpoint
• Describe how evacuation planning impacts local and state emergency management transportation operations
• Define the roles and responsibilities of local, regional, and state agencies
• List the benefits of working across agencies and localities to maximize the effectiveness of emergency planning efforts
• List evacuation planning considerations specific to Notice and No-Notice evacuations
• Identify tools and methods for coordination and collaboration
• Identify current and emerging evacuation planning practices
• Describe effective emergency evacuation planning practices
• Identify resources available to emergency evacuation planning stakeholders and how to access them for further study

Target Audience:
The Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial is designed for transportation and emergency planning stakeholders along with local leadership (e.g. local public and private emergency management stakeholders). This course will also be of interest to a variety of other professionals with an interest in evacuation planning including Government jurisdictions below state level; transportation planners; metropolitan planning organizations; transportation planners (city/county); local emergency managers; transportation management center staff; state and local police planners; metro emergency planners; public works and public schools planners; and other contributing stakeholders.

This training was developed at the request of the FHWA Transportation Pooled Fund Study Security and Emergency Management Update and Request. The pooled fund study states are California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. In addition, the TSA is a member of the pooled fund study.

TIM Workshop Follow-Up Webinars
The TI&EM team has begun to schedule and conduct a follow-up effort for workshops that occurred one year and two years ago. These webinars will focus on the cities’ improvements toward expanding and implementing their own TIM programs, as well as discussing any pitfalls that may have occurred since the workshops. Follow-Up webinars will continue over the summer. For more information on the TIM Workshop Follow-Up Webinars, please contact TI&EM team leader, Kimberly Vasconez, at

TIM Workshops
The following TIM Workshops will be conducted in May:
• Jacksonville, FL – May 15-16, 2012
• New York City, NY – May 31, 2012

2012 TIM Self-Assessment
The 2012 TIM Self-Assessment (SA) will be released by June 11, 2012, and due by August 15, 2012. Although the Top 75 metro areas are expected to complete a SA in cooperation with stakeholders; other jurisdictions and committees are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the online survey. While there are very few changes between this year’s SA and last year’s, a webinar will be held on June 4, 2012, at 1 p.m. (EST) to review instructions for completing the SA for those new to the process or if a review is desired.
For more information, please contact your DOT or FHWA Division representative.
SHRP 2 Implementation Status
The long awaited SHRP2 National TIM Responder Training Program will start this summer with train the trainer sessions throughout the country. Look for training sessions offered across the country throughout the summer. For more information on SHRP 2, please utilize this web link:

Webinar Invitation
An overview of the Traffic Incident Management/Planned Special Events Peer-to-Peer Program with speakers from Hawaii, North Carolina and Florida
When: June 5, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Time Zone: EDT
To register for this event, please go the following link:

View from the Street – Eric Reddeck
* 600 in 2 weeks take online training / Advance warning
* Plots Against Public Surface Transportation
* 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives

2012 Killed in the Line of Duty
Police Officers 36
Fire Fighters 33
Towers 9

Read Eric’s blog at

Important NVFC Resolution – T.J. Nedrow, Washington Director to the NVFC, NTIMC Vice Chair
At the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Spring 2012 meeting, the Council approved the following resolution: The NVFC advocates the establishment of state and/or regional traffic incident management organizations where appropriate throughout the United States.
Not unlike actions that endorsed the NUG, the resolution affirms the desire of NVFC and the volunteer fire and EMS responders to address responder safety, quick clearance, and interoperable communications in a fashion that clearly makes it a priority.

New Zealand Transport Authority brings road incident management into focus
A nationwide seminar held in Rotorua on March 5 and 6 has provided a valuable opportunity to discuss ways in which the management of incidents on New Zealand’s state highways and other roads can be improved.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) initiative, run with assistance from key sponsors Opus Consultants, attracted over 100 participants from New Zealand and overseas. Those attending included representatives from police, fire services, councils, regional councils, consultants, contractors, motorist and heavy vehicle organisations, the insurance industry and St John Ambulance…Click here to read the complete article

Proposed Changes to MUTCD’s Chapter 6I
At this link:Link to Proposed Changes please find a copy of the MUTCD’s Chapter 6I regarding Traffic Incident Management Applications. Included are proposed changes to the chapter regarding typical applications. Please review and provide comments/additions to Jack Sullivan (contact information below), who is leading this effort, so that he may follow up with the NCUTCD with recommendations from NTIMC members on TIM typical applications.

Jack Sullivan, CSP, CFPS, Director of Training, Emergency Responder Safety Institute
Loss Control Innovations, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-344-0009 ext. 308 / Cell: 804-514-3766

Upcoming Events
May 21-23 — Intelligent Transportation Systems of America Conference
May 22 – Incident and Emergency Responder Day at ITS America
June 17-23 — International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week
HRHIM/HRFSOC — Everyone Goes Home meeting
June 13 * Sept 12 * Dec 12 — 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1214 Volvo Parkway Greenbrier Library Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

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