The Responder – April 2012

The Responder
April 2012

Message from TIM Network Liaison
We are back! Have you missed us? We have been getting ready to launch our new newsletter functionality and will soon unveil a new social experience that will allow you to connect with other emergency responders from across all disciplines like never before. Very soon we will launch this functionality in conjunction with the National Transportation Operations Coalition so stay tuned!

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Eric E. Rensel
TIM Network Liaison │Gannett Fleming, Inc.│O:717-763-7211 M:717-645-3791│

The Chairman’s Corner (A TIM Pooled Fund Study)
John Corbin is the chairperson of the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition

Less can be more when resources are pooled. The continued economic challenges that face state government create the need to find alternative ways to deliver programs and services. We all know that traffic incident management is a solid approach to finding operational solutions for our static transportation system, and that the formation of regional traffic incident management groups offers an opportunity to bring transportation public safety practitioners together. But what is next?

The traffic incident management community, in part thanks to the TIM Network, continues to provide a chronicle of what issues are faced, and more and more these issues rely on technological solutions. Whether it is dealing with towing hybrid and electrical vehicles, achieving true interoperability of systems, or simply detecting where the back of stopped traffic is, TIM technologies are needed now and will continue to be needed in the future. So the paradox is that states have less money to spend and the increased need to spend it. So it is reasonable to think that, if funds could be pooled together, many more of these solutions might be capable of implementation.

National Pooled Fund Studies have proven valuable to a variety of topics – including traffic management centers (TMCs) and work zone management, among others. Pooled Fund Studies combine financial resources of multiple states to share and document best practices, develop national guidance and training, conduct new research, and support peer networking activities.

If a TIM Pooled Fund Study were to exist, what would it look like? What do you need it to look like? How would you use it? Click the link below to provide us with your thoughts.

Technical Corner – Senate Passes Two-year $109 Billion Transportation Bill (MAP-21)
Summarized by Erin Arva of Gannett Fleming, Inc.
On March 14, 2012, the U.S. Senate passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813, “MAP-21”), which authorizes $109 billion for surface transportation programs for two years, an extension of current aggregated funding levels through fiscal year 2013. Funding for this bill would come from the Highway Trust Fund, but also requires an additional $10.5 billion in revenues and offsets, which are included in the bill.

MAP 21 restructures the overall federal-aid highway program around five “core” programs. The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center prepared a concise 18-page section-by-section summary that provides an overview of state-related provisions in the legislation. We invite you to read this report and have provided several key areas of interest below.

As it relates to the TIM community, the following three federal-aid highways programs appear most relevant: the Highway Safety Improvement Program (pages 5-6), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (page 6), and the National Freight Program (pages 6-7). Respectively:
• To obligate funds, a state would be required to have in place a state highway safety improvement program, under which a state develops, implements, and updates a state strategic highway safety plan
• A state may obligate funds only for a transportation project or program in a nonattainment area for ozone, carbon monoxide or particulate matter that is likely to contribute to the attainment of a national ambient air quality standard, has air quality benefits, or improves traffic flow
• A newly established national freight program would strategically direct federal resources toward improved system performance for efficient movement of freight on highways.

In addition, in the Research & Education section, enhanced mobility and productivity through improved traffic management and incident management are several of the noted priorities.

You can view the complete draft legislation by clicking this link. Specific pages of interest include pages 131, 447-453, 477, 532-537, and 552-553.

Special Guest Contributor – Chief L. Corey Sloan, Cameron, MO Police Department

Interoperability: Where does the towing industry fit in?
Interoperability is the operational buzz word for first responders nowadays, but it has been around for many years. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have brought it to the forefront of public safety agencies leadership and administration. Millions of dollars have been spent on equipment, training and resources to bring public sector agencies closer to being interoperable, especially in emergency and disaster response operations. Now, a little over 10 years later, the question still remains, are we any closer to being truly interoperable?

The answer is yes and no. The public sector emergency service agencies are much closer to being interoperable in 2012 than they were in 2001. However, our private sector partners are lacking in interoperability with us. In some cases, our private sector partners have antiquated radio equipment that have very few memory channels and lack the ability to comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) narrow banding mandate. The narrow banding mandate requires all land mobile radios (LMR) to be able to move from 25 kHz bandwidth to 12.5 kHz bandwidth within the frequency spectrum and to add the narrow band emissions designator to their FCC license on or before January 1, 2013. The theory behind the narrow banding initiative is to free up space within the radio frequency spectrum to accommodate more users. To read the complete article, please see the attachment.

FHWA Webinars:
The Federal Highway Administration, Office of Operations, will be hosting four webinars during the month of April on two different topics: SHRP II, National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Course, and TIM Performance Measures and Reducing Secondary Crashes. For more details, including how to participate in the webinars,

30th Annual Lifesavers Conference
The Lifesavers 30th National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities is quickly approaching. Lifesavers is the premier national highway safety meeting in the United States dedicated to reducing the tragic toll of deaths and injuries on our nation’s roadways. Drawing nearly 2,000 participants in 2011, Lifesavers continues to be the essential conference since its start in the early 1980s. Each year, the Lifesavers Conference provides a forum that delivers relevant and timely common-sense solutions to today’s critical highway safety problems. Register by April 30, 2012 to receive the regular rate of $350! The hotel rate at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is $189+tax. Do you have a good example of current practices you’ve implemented? Consider sharing what you’ve done as part of the poster display in the exhibit hall. For more information about poster submissions, visit

Click here for more information –

EMS Safety Foundation Update
The 2012 TRB EMS Safety Summit on February 29 was a huge success – well over 100 participants live and over 16,000 downloads of the presentations!! Great interest in cutting edge safety info.

Given this impressive interest – we have generated a special eTagged .pdf, that gives you free access to all the presentation slides and audio (even capture the audio on your smartphone, via eTags).
or scan this eTag with your smartphone (Microsoft Tag reader App)

And, the EMS Safety Foundation created a YouTube synopsis of the activities of this TRB EMS Safety Systems, Strategies and Solutions Summit in just 50 minutes
scan this eTag with your mobile device (with free Microsoft Tag App) for the EMS safety Foundation TRB Summit Synopsis YouTube video play directly to your mobile device, smartphone or iPad

Also the EMS Safety Foundation 2012 Delegation to Rettmobil in Germany is looking to be very exciting – Rettmobil is even doing a real crash test and rescue response for the show!

There is also a 15 minute YouTube intro from the EMS Safety Foundation for the forthcoming Rettmobil 2012:

Or scan this eTag with your smart phone, iPod touch 4, tablet or iPad 2 (with free Microsoft Tag App) for the Rettmobil YouTube video play directly to your mobile device, smartphone or iPad

Also, John Erich wrote an outstanding EMS Safety article in EMS World this month:
Or scan this eTag with your smart phone, iPod touch 4, tablet or iPad 2 (with free Microsoft Tag App), eTag to get John Erich’s excellent article directly on your mobile device

To read additional EMS updates,

View from the Street – Eric Reddeck
Eric Reddeck is a National Fallen Firefighter Everyone Goes Home Advocate and the chair of the HRHIM & HRFSOC

* 1999 Hampton Roads Highway Incident Management Plan ( Page 83- 88) in 2008 USFA Traffic Incident Management Systems

* 2000 HRHIM Video

* FHWA Emergency Transportation Operations

* March 21/22 Newport News, VA FHWA & VDOT (90+ managers attending) Advanced Traffic Incident Management Workshop
The Hampton Roads region’s roadway network is vulnerable to disruption from a number of events that involve traffic incidents, weather/nature, planned special events, construction, and threats to security. These events can cause severe degradations to mobility and significant impacts to both public safety and responder safety.

In recognition of the on-going need for transportation and public safety agencies to collaborate in all-hazards preparedness for traffic incidents and other emergencies….

Law Enforcement 24, Fire 19, Towing Recovery 6, Transportation 20, Virginia OEMS, Virginia Medical Examiners Office
I-95 Corridor Coalition, NFFF Everyone Goes Home, Emergency Responder Safety Institute, Langley AFB

I-64 High Rise Bridge – Chesapeake Virginia

* Virginia Highway Performance – Incident Duration
Hampton Roads last 13 Months – Tractor Trailer 151 min * Hazmat 474 min * Vehicle 55 min *

* Virginia Move Over Law

* Highway Lane Designations and Terminology (Responder Safety)
The final version is available on the website under Training / Downloads:

Bottom of the page look for: Lane Desig Card 5.5 x 8.5 .pdf
48 x 48 Emergency Scene Ahead (Fluorescent Pink) Vinyl Roll-up

* Position of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute on the Use of Advance Warning Traffic Signs
The CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) endorses the use of temporary traffic signs for advance warning at roadway incidents.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1500 – Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Programs currents calls for the use of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) compliant fluorescent and retro-reflective 48″ x 48″ signs stating “Emergency Scene Ahead” (with a directional arrow overlay). The recommended signs are fluorescent pink with black text as described in the 2009 Edition of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). ERSI recommends the use of “Emergency Scene Ahead” signs for any incidents that will last more than 30 minutes. ERSI recommends using the sign wording described in NFPA 1500.
ERSI believes it is unnecessary to have multiple early warning signs on fire apparatus, ambulances, and police cars or tow trucks. A single compliant sign is adequate for early traffic control at any type of emergency scene.
We support the use of additional signs and equipment for early warning that can be carried and deployed by DOT Service Patrols or Fire Police Traffic Units especially for incidents of over 30 minutes in duration. May 27, 2011
* 2011 Virginia Work Area Protection Manual
In the Unified Command ICS structure, all operations shall be directed by one person, the Operations Section Chief, who controls tactical resources.

* Enhanced reference markers are designed to save time in identifying locations of disabled motorists to improve emergency response times to incidents. Enhanced reference markers Specific benefits of these markers include:

The I-95 Corridor Coalition Mile Marker and Ramp Designation Signing Study
• Faster emergency responses
• Faster traffic incident clearance
• Fewer crash related delays
• Fewer secondary crashes

* City of Virginia Beach ,Virginia Traffic Control Vehicle ( attached ) –
The vehicles are part of the police department, they are mostly staffed by volunteer community support personnel. Crews assist at vehicle accidents, help transport police vehicles for maintenance, help with construction site traffic control, they help with disabled vehicles with minor maintenance.

Note: VDOT Safety Service Patrol is Interstates only — Virginia Beach has an idea for city streets

* Regional traffic signal pre-emption coding plan

* The Many Hats of Highway Incident Management

* National Traffic Incident Management Coalition
* March 9, 1998 “It Was A Routine Call”
* HRHIM Video
* HRHIM video in I-95 Corridor Coalition Quick Clearance Toolkit
* Fatalities on Virginia Roads – Virginia Office of Chief Medical Examiners
* HRHIM/HRFSOC adopted National Unified Goal March 2007
* Responder safety
* NTIMC Facebook
* NC Highway Safety
* Georgia’s Towing and Recovery Incentive Program
Objective 1 – Increase Responder Safety by Eliminating Struck-By Incidents and Fatalities

2012 Killed in the Line of Duty
Police Officers 22
Fire Fighters 18
Upcoming Events
• You can now view all meetings on the TIM Network Website

Be sure to check out the INCIDENT AND EMERGENCY RESPONDER DAY at the 2012 ITS America Annual Meeting & Exposition, Tuesday May 22, 2012 ∙ National Harbor, MD, USA. ITS America Annual is pleased to invite emergency responders to attend this FREE event, which highlights the advancements in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies that support faster, safer and more efficient incident response and management.

Are you scheduling a TIM meeting or conference? If so, let us help with electronic registration. The TIM Network will setup a specific electronic registration for your event, provide you with the link and provide you with the meeting roster. All attendee information is safe and secure and will not be distributed. Email me to find out how to use electronic meeting registration from the TIM Network.

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