Respondersafety.com and Timnetwork.org Partner to Improve Highway Safety


First responders are being injured or killed daily while working to protect the public at incidents on our roadways.  While risk is inherent to their jobs, being struck by passing vehicles or involved in secondary accidents is an unnecessary tragedy.  Respondersafety.com, a service of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), has been a resource focused on this issue providing first responders with training, education and resources since 2001.  Respondersafety.com has now partnered with the TIM network in an effort to address these issues with a complete online communication solution focused on these roadway responders.

The Fire Service, Law Enforcement, EMS, towing industry and transportation/public works have all been key components of Respondersafety.com. Now, as its audience receives resources, training and education from Respondersafety, they can collaborate online at the TIMnetwork.org.

Respondersafety.com delivers free training modules on The Responder Safety Learning Network. The network is accessible directly from www.respondersafety.com and it is mobile ready for tablets and smartphones. The addition of The Responder Safety Learning Network to the established ResponderSafety.com has created the single largest online hub for roadway emergency responder training and resources.

The Responder Safety Learning Network is a model of interagency cooperation and public-private partnership to provide vital, expert-vetted safety education that will save responder and civilian lives. The Network has garnered enthusiastic support from valued partners, including FEMA, the United States Fire Administration, Department of Justice, and the Federal Highway Administration. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Near Miss Program have also provided extensive assistance.

The TIM Network, a function of the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC), is a national voice on multidisciplinary Traffic Incident Management issues. The TIM Network communicates the benefits of the National Unified Goal (NUG) for traffic incident management. The NUG is focused on responder safety; safe, quick clearance; and prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. “We are excited about this new partnership,” said Steve Austin, ERSI Project Manager. The arrangement connects our work in the response community directly to the transportation leadership through the TIM Network. Our joint goal is to protect responders and the public while reducing  congestion and secondary accidents.

“Connecting TIM professionals from all responder disciplines – including fire, police, EMS, DOTs, and towing – the TIM Network provides a collaborative forum to discuss developing issues of national interest,” said Eric Rensel, TIM Network Liaison. Its partners include the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC), I-95 Corridor Coalition, and ITS America’s Safety Forum, among others. Its website, www.timnetwork.org, provides members with the latest industry news. The Network also produces a monthly e-newsletter, maintains a social forum with NTOC, and regularly hosts webinars where current TIM challenges and solutions are discussed.

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