The Responder November 2017

November 2017

Again, we find ourselves at the start of the holiday season.  I am not sure where time goes.  I remember when I was younger it seemed to take forever for a year to go by.  Now, as I get older, time really flies; I have learned to cherish every day.  You don’t always get to pick and choose in life.

As I started to write this article earlier this week my heart was heavy due to the loss of, and serious injuries to more responders.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, Departments and co-workers of these responders:

Police Officer Jaimie Cox of the Rockford Illinois Police Department

Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper of the Texas Department of Public Safety

Firefighter David E. Noble of the Springfield Township Ohio Fire Department

The law enforcement officers were killed working traffic related incidents.  The firefighter lost a leg when he was struck at a crash scene.  I am sure that there have been other incidents recently, these are just the ones that I became aware of in notifications from ODMP and  Such tragedy.

I hope that all agencies will look at these incidents, and others, to see if there are opportunities for training to prevent tragedies such as these in the future.

The second annual National Traffic Incident Response Week will be observed during the week of November 13th through 19th this year.  There are events and activities planned around the country that everyone can promote.  Many of these are designed to get information directly to motorists to make them aware of the dangers for responders.

The TIM Network website now has a link at the top of the page for Response Week.  There is also a page with information about National Traffic Incident Response Week on the National Operations Center of Excellence website.  There are Twitter and Facebook links for your use as well as information promoting TIM.  All that is left for us to do is get out and spread the word.  Now is the time to tell the public how good we are and what help we need from them.  Promote yourselves and your organizations; talk about the relationships that have been developed and strengthened.  Show everyone how well you are working together to keep each other safe, keep motorists safe and improve the quality of life for all.  This is an exciting time for Traffic Incident Management and for responders.

When you get a chance to talk with the public about National Traffic Incident Response Week and TIM, please remind them:

We’re All in This Together!

Watch out for responders at traffic incidents Lives Depend on It!


Links to National Traffic Incident Response Week information:


National Operations Center of Excellence website:


TIM Network Website:

Every year at this time, I remind all responders of the importance of talking to our families, and who ever will listen to us, about the importance of TIM.  Most of us will be spending time with those we love during this holiday season.  We will be taking time to give thanks for all that we have and all that we have to look forward to.  What better time than the present to begin the public outreach that we all know is needed?  When you are with those you love this holiday season, take time to discuss what we expect of them when they encounter an incident on the roadways.  Discuss work zone safety, traffic control, highway design and other transportation related topics that have probably not been at the top of the list during the holidays.  And, do the same thing with everyone that you encounter.  In our society today, we are the ones responsible for driver education and training.  The lives of our families, friends and loved ones, and the lives of those working on the roadways depend us.

Two of the topics that I now discuss in the TIM classes that I conduct are leadership and setting the right example.  Our country is short on leaders, and short on the examples that the future of our country needs.  All of us, no matter the discipline, are leaders in our communities.  I challenge you to be the kind of leader that you look up to.  I have been fortunate, I have had so many examples in my career.  Far too many to list.  Strive to be the leader that others want to follow and be willing to make the tough decisions, for the right reason and at the right time.  I always stress that good leaders always take the time to make sure that all is working as they need it to.  If it is not, they make the changes necessary and move forward which is a characteristic of a great leader.  And, every once in a while they look over their shoulder to make sure that people are following.  If not, they are not leading, and they are probably not managing very well, either.

Leadership and setting the right example leads me to the next topic.  Enjoying the holidays.

As you travel during the holidays be sure that you do all that you can to be as safe as you can be.  Be sure to buckle up, and be sure to properly restrain children in vehicles.  Again, these seem like such simple things to those of us who are, or have been responders. But there are still serious injuries and deaths our roadways that could have been prevented with seat belts and child restraints.

As you celebrate the holidays please don’t drive while impaired.  Plan ahead for your celebration.  Include a designated driver, one who has had nothing to drink, as a part of your plans.  Or, stay where you are celebrating and encourage those you love to do the same.  You will be glad that you did.

Enjoy the holidays.  Take every opportunity that you can to educate family, friends, and others about what we do.  We can all bring about change; no time is better than now.

In closing, remember the importance of the holiday season to your family.  Work safe and train together to improve the safety of responders, the safety of motorists, minimize the effect that the incidents we respond to have on traffic and continue to improve the quality of life for everyone.


Rusty James

TIM Network Liaison

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View from the Street

By Eric Reddeck, NFFF Everyone Goes Home Advocate

If you do not have a TIM plan and a score card . You are not in the game !

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Performance Measures

  • Incident detection time.
  • Incident verification time.
  • Incident response time.
  • Time to return to normal flow of traffic.
  • Incident related delay.
  • Incident related queue length.
  • Number of fatalities.
  • Public feedback.

FHWA -2016 Self Assessment results


TIM Network

TIM NETWORK  Facebook    National Traffic Incident Management Coalition National EMS Officials   National Association of State EMS Officials – TIM

FHWA Traffic Incident Management
Responder Safety Learning Network
NFFF Fire Learning Network
IACP * Police Officer Safety
Towing and Recovery Association of America
Safe Highways -SSP
IAFF Health, Safety, Medicine
FHWA Safe Quick Clearance
2017 Killed in the Line of Duty   *all causes*

Police Officers    111
Firefighters          76
EMS      ?              10
Towers  ?             07

 Eric Reddeck
National Fallen Firefighers Foundation
NFFF Everyone Goes Home Advocate

Please see the link below for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park

“Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park was dedicated in 2016 as a place to remember the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters who were lost on June 30, 2013, while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.”

The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots elite firefighters can also be seen in the major motion picture “Only the Brave” which is out in theaters now.

In the news of TIM

Arkansas: Little Rock Police Officer Critical After Being Hit By Vehicle


Ohio: Firefighter Struck at Crash Scene – Leg Amputated


Kentucky: Two injured as car hits Norther Kentucky road crew

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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