The Responder October 2017

Message from the New TIM Network Liaison

The Responder

October 2017

As I write this I just read an E-mail regarding a firefighter with the Triple Community Fire Department, in Burke County North Carolina, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver at a crash scene.  I am saddened that this continues to occur despite our best efforts.  The thoughts and prayers of the TIM community go out to the family and friends of Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley and the Triple Community Fire Department.

I have helped instruct some National TIM Responder Training classes in Kansas recently, and will soon be instructing a Train-the-Trainer course in North Dakota.  I know that the numbers trained continues to increase, but I have not heard much about the number of trainers who have received the Train-the-Trainer class.  I know that, in the Midwest the majority of those who have received that training do not conduct any classes.  In 2013 I hosted a large Train-the-Trainer class in Kansas City.  There were over 130 who received the training.  Out of that 130, only a handful are conducting TIM training; I know that this is the case around the country.  Perhaps it is time to look at who was trained and encourage all of them to step up and help those of us who are conducting the training classes.  I know that the FHWA is aware of the issue, and that there is little that they can do.  But, those of us who are involved in the training may be able to help.  If you have any ideas on how we can increase the number of trainers who conduct the training, please let us know.

The training classes are always informative and rewarding.  Everyone who I have taught with really enjoy conducting the training.  We always learn something from those in attendance and it is really rewarding, too.  We know that we have saved someone’s life because of each class that we train, and we will continue to save lives as we change the cultures in the response community.

I am always honored to meet the responders who are out there working every day to keep our roadways safer, and those who work tirelessly in the background to provide the necessary resources for responders.  The world is a better place because of the work that all of you do.

One of the topics that I have covered in the classes recently is the topic of leadership.  We have a serious lack of leadership in our country.  Not just in the response community, but everywhere.  There are supervisors or managers who don’t want to make the tough decisions.  It is up to the leaders in our disciplines to step up and make the decisions, especially when it comes to the safety of our personnel.  If you see something that looks dangerous, or is an opportunity to improve on what we do, step up.  Don’t wait for something bad to happen to make changes.

Be a leader.  Be the type of leader that people will remember and strive to imitate.  As we move TIM into the future, we need more champions who are leaders, and more leaders who are champions.  And, take the time to thank the teachers in your life.

The week of November 13 – 19, 2017 has been designated as National Traffic Incident Response Week.  This will be the third week in November.  The goal of National Traffic Incident Response Week is to help raise awareness about the dangers emergency responders face at traffic incidents each day in our country.  This is an opportunity to showcase to the public our efforts in Traffic Incident Management to keep them safe.

“Every minute of every day emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.  Every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding.  This type of secondary crash intensifies the impact to communities, individuals and the economy.  We read about the tragedies causes by distracted driving almost every day and the emergency response community has the most to lose.” (TIM Network Website)

The TIM Network website and the National Operations Center of Excellence website both have information and outreach tools for promoting National Traffic Incident Response Week.  These tools and resources are very valuable in helping get the message out to those who are most often left out of our conversations, the motoring public.

Many states are planning events as a part of this week-long event.  These include ride-alongs with responders, mock incidents for responders with the media present, Tweet-alongs, and others.  We hope that everyone will take the time to promote this event as our lives depend upon awareness.  Please let us know how you plan to promote National Traffic Incident Response Week in your community.  There will be more on these planned events in the next issue of The Responder.

TIM Network:


National Operations Center of Excellence:

Until next month, watch out for each other.  Our lives are quite often in each other’s hands.


Rusty James

TIM Network Liaison




View from the Street

By Eric Reddeck, NFFF Everyone Goes Home Advocate

 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend: October 7 – 8, 2017

National Move Day October 21, 2017


TIM Network

TIM NETWORK  Facebook    National Traffic Incident Management Coalition
Responder Safety Learning Network
NFFF Fire Learning Network
2017 Killed in the Line of Duty   *all causes*

Police Officers    100
Firefighters          70
EMS      ?              09
Towers  ?             06

 Eric Reddeck
National Fallen Firefighers Foundation
NFFF Everyone Goes Home Advocate


National Traffic Incident Response Week 2017

 National Planning Information

There have been a number of planning conference calls and webinars over the last several months to plan for National Traffic Incident Response Week 2017.  The participants in these calls and webinars have included representatives of several states, FHWA, consultants and others.  The purpose was to compile a list of resources that can be utilized by agencies across the country to promote National Traffic Incident Response Week 2017, and to highlight their TIM activities.

I have listed some of the planned events and activities that will be conducted.  In addition, I have included links to the TIM Network website and National Operations Center of Excellence website for National Traffic Incident Response Week 2017.

Jim Austrich, from FHWA, announced that there would be a TIM Stakeholder event on November 15th at RFK Stadium in the Washington, DC area.  The event will be held in Parking Lot 8 at the stadium.  The logistics for the event are still to be worked out, but he hopes to have representatives of the National Capitol Region, the I-95 Corridor Coalition and high-level national, state and local executives.  There will be several speakers promoting National Traffic Incident Response Week 2017 and TIM.  They would like to have representatives from all responder disciplines with response equipment to be used as a back drop for the event.  Jim will provide more information as it becomes available.

The following is a list of planned activities for the states that have participated in the planning:


PSA’s, social media, DMS boards

Tow partners and fire rescue

Media event, ride-alongs





Events in metropolitan areas

Traffic Incident Response teams patrolling


Focusing on move over laws



SHRP II training

Sponsoring with Hershey Bears AHL team for table and education at games

Tow memorial

Social media



Traffic Jam Coalition meeting once a month

Social media campaign to spread awareness


Website – staying safe on road

Tweet along, newsletter



Social media messaging

Move it law awareness with signs and media

Ride- alongs

These are just a few examples of the events that are being planned across the country.  Please contact me or Becka Zimmerman for further information, or for contact information for those who have participated in the planning.

In addition, Jim Austrich asked that everyone refrain from using the term “accident” when referring to crashes.  The correct term to use is “crash”.  We need to make sure that the term accident is removed from our vocabulary as it pertains to TIM.

Please contact us and let us know what events are planned in your area.  It is very important that the states take ownership of this event as this will keep the momentum moving forward and help to achieve the recognition that is so deserved.




Rusty James, TIM Network Liaison


Becka Zimmerman, Gannett Fleming


Other Comments:

  • Being mindful to use the term “crash” instead of “accident”
  • States taking ownership of the week


TDOT Update

TDOT Nashville ‘Help’ Unit is continuing our effort to teach TIMS to as many Responders as we can. In the month of August we had TIMS Tuesdays, teaching 4 classes that month, and also hosted two TIMS Train the Trainer classes also. In September, we taught a TIMS class for 97 recruits at the TN Law Enforcement Academy, where we have been able to instruct TIMS to law enforcement officers from across the state 4 times a year. On October 17, 18, and 19th ‘Help’ Supervisor John Sullivan along with THP Sgt. JD Blackwell will instruct 4 hour TIMS courses to Cheatham Co. TN EMS. This is part of an outreach to EMS agencies due to EMS Responders ranking lowest in number of Responders trained. These 3 classes will get 100% of this county’s over 35 EMS Responders trained in TIMS. We would like to challenge our other TIMS instructors here in TN and all the other states to join us in increasing the number of EMS Responders trained. Sullivan realized that the EMS agencies do not always have the time and manpower to send personnel to classes so he made the offer to bring the classes to them, making it easy to access all of the shifts for training at their own facilities. Sullivan is also a volunteer FF/ENG/EMR in Cheatham Co. serving with the Pegram FD. He instructed over 12 classes last year as part of the TIMS Training team that TDOT is part of.

In the news of TIM 

Texas: Houston officer gravely injured after being struck by SUV


California: Two San Leandro Officers Struck, Injured by Fleeing Suspect Vehicle


Georgia: Gwinnett police officer directing traffic struck by vehicle at Norcross High School

TIM Network/FHWA Knowledge Management System (KMS) 

The TIM Network coupled with the Federal Highway Administration has launched a new TIM Knowledge Management System. We encourage all TIM Network members to submit articles, resources, and any other general TIM information that could help practitioners across the nation. As seen below, these featured articles will be included in The Responder. Don’t be afraid to submit!

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