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Traffic Incident Management

  • 15 Jun 2016
  • 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Winner, SD Holiday Inn Express

Traffic Incident Management 

FREE 4 Hour Training Course

Wednesday June 15, 2016 

  • Winner at the Holiday Inn Express
  • 12:30 to 5:00pm

Thursday June 16, 2016 

  • Murdo at the Sportsman’s Club
  • 12:30 to 5:00pm

Below is a very brief overview (prepared by fellow TIM trainer HP Trooper Brandon Mathistad) of the nationwide training program.  The training will be conducted in the afternoon from 12:30 to approx. 4:30 – 5:00 PM.  There is no cost to attend the training. The same material will be presented each day.  Please advise if you and your staff members will be available to attend one of the sessions.  If the current proposed dates do not fit, we will have additional training sessions in the future. 

Please reply by E-Mail or phone

Dan Staton
SD Department of Transportation
Rapid City Region Office
Office 394-2244 

Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

Traffic incidents, including crashes, disabled vehicles and debris on the road create unsafe driving conditions; put motorists and responder lives at risk; and account for approximately 25 percent of all traffic delays.

For each minute that a freeway travel lane is blocked during peak use, an estimated 4 minutes of delay result after the incident is cleared. This estimate accounts for 4.2 billion hours per year in delays. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation Strategic Plan Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 – FY2015 reports that Americans burn more than 2.8 billion gallons of gasoline every year while stuck in incident-related traffic.

In response to Congress’ directive to improve the efficiency and safety of the U.S. highway system, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is offering the first national, multi-disciplinary traffic incident management (TIM) process and training program. The unique training for first responders promotes a shared understanding of the requirements for safe, quick clearance at traffic incident scenes; prompt, reliable and open communications; and motorist and responder safeguards. Governors, transportation leaders and incident response agencies across the country can save lives, time and money by promoting the full-scale deployment of the innovative TIM training program.

The TIM training program focuses on a response effort that protects motorists and responders while minimizing the impact on traffic flow. TIM efforts include detecting, verifying and responding to incidents; clearing the incident scene; and restoring traffic flow. Based on the severity or type of incident, first responders may represent law enforcement, fire, transportation, emergency medical services, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and hazardous materials (HAZMAT) disciplines.

Using a multiple discipline perspective, first responders within States, regions and localities learn how to operate more efficiently and collectively. The training covers many topics including recommended TIM procedures and techniques. For example, first responders learn how the placement of response vehicles can either aid or impede another discipline’s efforts and can impact how quickly traffic flow can be restored. Responders also learn about human behavior in highway safety to help prevent additional injuries or delays that may result from secondary crashes occurring near the initial crash site.

Extensive research and testing have gone into the development of the TIM training program launched nationwide. The training is intended for multiple discipline large or a small groups. Trainers completing the Train the Trainer TIM program have provided overwhelmingly favorable responses, expressing much interest in promoting and recommending the training to others.

Traffic Incident Management Partners

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire – Rescue - HAZMAT
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Emergency Management
  • Towing and Recovery


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