Free Training available

On March 26th and 27th, 41 incident responders from across the State attended a 12 hour train the trainer course and have become instructors on the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administrations Traffic Incident Management program. The responders were from several agencies and departments including the Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska State patrol, Nebraska EMS/Trauma Program, Nebraska Fire Marshalls Office, Lincoln Police Department, York Fire and Rescue, Nebraska LTAP, and the Professional Towers Association of Nebraska.

Traffic Incident Management, or “TIM”, consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible on Nebraska’s streets, roads, highways and interstate. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims and emergency responders. The TIM Program of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is part of a larger all-hazards program called Emergency Transportation Operations.

In connection with the second Strategic Highway Research Program and the Second Every Day Counts initiative, the Federal Highway Administration is implementing a nationally consistent program of TIM responder training.

Training of traffic incident responders is vital for achieving the National Unified Goal for TIM. Important aspects of TIM addressed by this goal include responder safety; quick clearance; and prompt, reliable and interoperable incident communications.

This coordinated process involves a number of public and private sector partners, including: Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services, Transportation, Public Safety Communications, Emergency Management, Towing and Recovery, Hazardous Materials Contactors, and Traffic Information Media.

The instructors for the course will be asked to teach four, 4 hour training sessions over the next year to first responders.

Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, and EMS Departments that have at least 6 members attend the 4 hour training will be receive $600 worth of safety equipment for traffic incident management.

If your agency, department or Mutual Aid group would be interested in hosting a TIM class, please contact Mark Meints, Emergency Program Specialist, at the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Contact information:

Office phone 402-479-3878 or by email: mark.meints@nebraska.gov