The TIM Network continues to grow and expand, with new members joining all the time. Currently having several thousand members, the goal of the TIM Network is to connect traffic incident management (TIM) professionals – especially those from different disciplines – provide a forum to discuss developing issues of national interest, keep practitioners apprised of the latest industry information, and garner important input from practitioners.
The TIM Network is comprised of individuals representing various TIM disciplines with the goal of facilitating practical and results-oriented communication. A key facet is continuous, specific, and relevant outreach. We widely distribute lessons learned and good practices across the entire emergency responder community. There is no cost to join.
Members receive the following benefits:
- Awareness about emerging issues facing TIM practitioners
- A direct voice with partner agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- Various ways to get directly involved with important issues, such as the opportunity to participate in targeted Working Groups
- The monthly Responder e-newsletter, which provides updates on the latest information about important issues facing the TIM industry, as well as events and good practices
- Free quarterly webinars, podcasts, and Twitter Chats with industry experts
- Virtual peer exchanges
In the spring of 2015, we rolled out a new look for the Network to reinforce that all responders and TIM practitioners have an important role to play in this industry – from law enforcement, fire, EMS, towing, transportation, and public works partners, to dispatchers, traffic management center (TMC) personnel, safety service patrol operators, and media partners, among others.
Another important goal of the Network is to provide TIM practitioners with information about the various TIM resources that exist. There is now unprecedented awareness about the importance of and benefits of TIM, thanks in large part to the very successful SHRP2 National TIM Responder Training and the dedication of numerous agencies. Every day, great strides are being made in terms of how responders are working together to more quickly and safely clear accidents, and tremendous resources abound.
The TIM Network partners include the FHWA Office of Operations, Emergency Responder Safety Institute, National Transportation Operations Center, National Operations Center of Excellence, RTSMO TIM Subcommittee, ITS America Safety Forum, EMS Safety Foundation, I-95 Corridor Coalition, and First Few Moments.
Formed in the fall of 2009, the TIM Network was one of the outcomes of the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC). Launched in 2004, the NTIMC was a multi-disciplinary partnership forum spanning the public safety and transportation communities to coordinate experiences, knowledge, practices, and ideas. The NTIMC was committed to the safer and more efficient management of all incidents that occur on, or substantially affect, the nation’s roadways in order to: enhance the safety of on-scene responders and of motorists passing or approaching a roadway incident; strengthen services to incident victims and to stranded motorists; and reduce incident delay and costs to the traveling public and commercial carriers.
The NTIMC finalized the National Unified Goal (NUG) for TIM in November 2007, which was a significant step forward in identifying how TIM could be formalized within agencies at the planning level and approaches for practitioners to consider when dealing with emergencies on the highway. The NUG is focused on responder safety; safe, quick clearance; and prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. The NTIMC membership partnered to create several technical briefings to further the national dialog about TIM and raise awareness about important aspects of the NUG.
In 2012, the NTIMC was replaced by an Executive Leadership Group (ELG), which consists of associations representing law enforcement, fire and rescue, EMS, towing, and transportation, among other disciplines. The ELG, which is led by FHWA, supports various TIM-related initiatives across the U.S.