The Responder – September 2012

Message from the TIM Network Liaison

Greetings TIM Network!

I would  like to start this issue by saying thank you to the Atlanta TIME program and the folks at Delcan for taking the time to put together an overview of the successes of the program on its 10-Year Anniversary. You can read about it below and on our website.

I would also like to give a shout out to Minnesota. They uploaded a photo of the Dispatch for Minnesota State Patrol, MNDOT Maintenance, and MNDOT Freeway Operations Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area to our photo gallery. Thanks guys and gals, keep ’em coming. If you didn’t see the photo, log onto and click on “View Gallery” in the bottom left of the homepage.

Do you think your dispatch center looks better? Upload the photos to our photobucket account by September 25 and, in October, we’ll have a contest to vote for the best provided. There will be no monetary value for the winner (’cause we are all volunteers!), but the bragging rights alone will be worth it.

Username: timshareswell
Password: respondersafety

As usual, please forward The Responder to as many people as you can, and keep registering all of your TIM friends.


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

Chairman’s Corner  What You Need to Know to Stay Alive (T.J. Nedrow)

I say the right attitude. In all of my travels across the United States, I continually overhear roadway responders saying they are doing everything right on the incident scene. Really? It doesn’t matter if you’re called to work a single car MVA or to the big one talked about for weeks…over confidence kills.

Possessing the right attitude is paramount. Show me a responder that goes home, and I show you one that is always willing to learn and adapt from past experience. A major deficit in our success in our TIM toolbox seems to be…the after action meeting. Too often we find an excuse to not schedule and discuss what we can do to do it better. So, go to the mirror and ask yourself, do I have the attitude to get it done right, the first time?

T.J. Nedrow is the NVFC representative to the NTIMC, NTIMC Vice-Chair, and NFPA 1091 committee member.

Special Feature: 10 Years – Metro Altanta TIME Task Force Marks Anniversary

The Metro Altanta Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force will soon celebrate 10 years of successfully promoting safe quick clearance and incident management. TIME is seeking a large turnout for its annual conference to mark its … [Read more…]


Technical Corner  Guidance on Cable Median Barriers for Emergency Responders

Cable median barrier systems are used in many states and countries around the world to reduce median cross-over crashes, particularly on freeways. These types of crashes can be many times more catastrophic than other crash types. Cable median barrier systems are typically comprised of steel cables and steel posts that are either driven or “socketed” into the ground. The benefits? Various states have experienced significant decreases in total median cross-over crashes and decreased fatalities associated with this type of crash. Also, the cost per mile of installation can be as much as one-half to two-thirds lower than other types of guardrail and concrete barriers.

This topic was recently discussed at a TIM team meeting in Pennsylvania. Research shows several key techniques that emergency responders should follow when working with these systems. To view a handout (PDF) on this topic, visit the Document Archives page of the TIM Network website.

FHWA TI&EM Team Update

SHRP 2 Train-the-Trainer Training Courses The TRB-led train-the-trainer pilots for the SHRP 2 National TIM Responder Training were conducted in Nashville, TN, Richmond, VA, Billings, MT, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Implementation of the National TIM … [Read more…]

EMS Safety Foundation Update

MS Safety Foundation September 2012 TIMS Bulletin NFPA 1917 and Standards Update Webinar, safety info and links Welcome to this September TIMS Bulletin from the EMS Safety Foundation. Also at … [Read more…]


View from the Street

  What is the Business Cost  $$$ of Accidents on  Interstate and primary highways in your city/county /region/state?  How long does it take your city/region/state  to locate and  respond to an accident , provide care, investigate, and …[Read more…]


Rural TIM Webinar to be Held October 16

While the benefit of TIM/rural incident management (RIM) is better documented in an urban than rural setting, the need for effective rural TIM/RIM is just as pronounced. Join us on Tuesday, October 16, at 4 p.m. EST for a unique 90-minute webinar titled “The evolution of traffic incident management in Queensland Motorways.” Located in Australia, Queensland Motorways is a key provider in south-east Queensland’s tolling industry.

The presenters include:

  1. Shirley Robertson, COO; Dave Allan, Road Operations Manager; and Kevin Horin, Traffic Management Centre Manager – Queensland Motorways
  2. Paul Keltner – Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  3. Jim McGee – Nebraska Department of Roads

They will cover these three areas:

  1. Overview of Queensland Motorways
  2. Its journey from being government-owned to a private enterprise
  3. Incident management on a rural motorway, including the impact of weather and communications

Mark your calendar now; we will provide the webinar log-in information in the October issue of The Responder. To learn more about Queensland Motorways, visit

Integration of Transit into Traffic Operations Web Briefing

This Web briefing presents content on this topic from the 2012 ITE Technical Conference and Exhibit, Managing Operational Performance…Exceeding Expectations held in Pasadena, CA. As transit service increases in urban and suburban areas, communities are approaching the issue of managing their streets as a system by integrating transit into their traffic operations programs. At the conclusion of the course, participants should be able to discuss techniques to and evaluation of integrating transit service into street operations.

When: Wednesday, September 12, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Eastern
Course Credit: 1.5 PDH
Fee: $25 Per Site (Member/Non-member/Student)

National Public Safety Wireless Network Starting to Take Shape

Recently Harris County, TX, stood up the first 14 sites of what could one day become a nationwide broadband wireless network for public safety. The launch was a major milestone in an effort stretching back to the late 1990s, when Congress ordered the FCC to set aside 700 MHz spectrum for public safety.

To read more, please visit:

USFA Announces 2011 Onduty Firefighter Deaths

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recently announced the release of the report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2011. There were 83 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2011. This represents a continuing decline in the overall number of firefighter fatality deaths in recent years and an almost five percent decrease from the 87 fatalities reported for 2010. When analyzing the overall trend in the United States going back to 1977, accounting for the Hometown Heroes added to totals since the law changed in 2004, the 2011 total represents the lowest year of record for the second year in a row.

To read more, please visit:

USFA, FHWA Complete Study of Traffic Incident Management Systems

The USFA and USDOT’s FHWA, working in partnership with the International Fire Service Training Association have, through a study of current traffic incident management practices and policies, updated the 2008 edition of the Traffic Incident Management Systems (TIMS) manual. The 2012 edition provides the most current technical information and training programs in traffic incident management for fire and emergency service providers in this area, as well as guidance to local fire departments on compliance with the latest edition of the DOT Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

To read more, please visit:

Traffic Management – Road versus Rail

Ask most people if there is any similarity between rail and road signals and, beyond saying that they both use red, yellow and green lights, the answer will be “Not Much”. But is this true? And are there opportunities for technology convergence between the two philosophies? The IRSE explored such possibilities at a recent seminar with some surprising outcomes.

To read the article, please visit:

Upcoming Events
– HRHIM/HRFSOC – Everyone Goes Home meeting
Sept. 12 * Dec. 12 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
1214 Volvo Parkway Greenbrier Library Chesapeake, VA 23320
– NASEMSO Annual Meeting
Sept. 24-28, Grove Hotel, Boise, ID
– 2012 Tennessee Highway Safety and Operations Conference
Sept. 25-27, Embassy Suites – Airport, Nashville, TN
– 10th Annual TIME Task Force Conference
Oct. 22-23, DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta/Roswell – Roswell, GA
– EMS World Expo
Oct. 29-Nov. 2, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – New Orleans, LA

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